Nanaimo Fire Rescue puts out a fire in the 2500 block of Quill Drive in the Diver Lake area on Tuesday, Feb. 15. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Fire Rescue puts out a fire in the 2500 block of Quill Drive in the Diver Lake area on Tuesday, Feb. 15. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

UPDATE: Fire in Nanaimo’s Diver Lake area was accidental

One patient treated in hospital for burns and smoke inhalation

CLARIFICATION: The fire started in a cottage behind the house. A previous version of this article contained incorrect information. The article has been updated and the News Bulletin regrets the error and any confusion it may have caused.

UPDATE: Firefighters are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire that sent one man to hospital yesterday.

Stu Kenning, Nanaimo Fire Rescue assistant chief of operations, said a fire in the 2500 block of Quill Drive on Tuesday, Feb. 15, started in a cottage behind the house. The cause of the fire was accidental, the assistant chief said.

Kenning said the alarm initially came in as a miscellaneous fire, but was upgraded to a structure fire as fire crews responding to the scene saw flames. One man was living in the structure that caught on fire.

“The [cottage] was basically done and [the fire] sort of extended up into the house,” Kenning said. “There was significant smoke damage to the house, but not that much fire damage. Basically, one corner of the house has fire damage.”

Kenning confirmed a man and woman who were living in the house and their three dogs were displaced by the fire.

The man who was living in the cottage was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital to be treated for burns to his legs, which Kenning described as significant injuries, and smoke inhalation.

PREVIOUSLY POSTED: Firefighters extinguished a house fire in Nanaimo’s Diver Lake area this afternoon.

Emergency crews were called to a structure fire on Quill Drive a little before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15. Crews arrived at the scene to find a portion of a home fully ablaze. Firefighters said the fire started in a structure adjacent to the house and spread from there.

One patient, a male senior, was transported to hospital for smoke inhalation.



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