UPDATE: Burma Road house fire flared up again overnight

Nanaimo firefighters first called to fire at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, returned at 5:30 a.m. Thursday

Tim Doyle, Nanaimo Fire Rescue deputy chief of operations, carries a kitten rescued from the fire. Two other pets remained unaccounted for. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

UPDATE: The fire that destroyed a house on Burma Road yesterday re-ignited and caused further damage today.

Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews were called out at 5:30 a.m. Thursday to the 4400 block of Burma Road, where they had extinguished a house fire Wednesday afternoon.

“The house was so unstable that our crews weren’t able to go inside it because of the threat of collapse, so everything they did yesterday to put it out was from the outside,” said assistant chief Geoff Whiting. “They did put a lot of water on it yesterday, but there would have been probably one little area that stayed hot enough to get going overnight.”

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PREVIOUSLY POSTED: Occupants of a north-end house are safe, but a fire has damaged their house and Burma Road could be closed for hours following the blaze, says Nanaimo Fire Rescue.

Firefighters and emergency crews responded to reports of a structure fire around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

According to a Tim Doyle, Nanaimo Fire Rescue deputy chief of operations, crews arrived on scene to a fully involved structure fire. Due to heavy fire conditions, firefighters mounted a defensive attack, working to control the fire, smoke from which could be seen from a distance of several kilometres.

All occupants of the house – a woman and four children – were able to make it out safely and were being checked over by B.C. Ambulance Service paramedics at the scene. No injuries were reported.

Doyle, who appeared with a kitten rescued from the fire and wrapped in a flannel blanket, said two other pets had not been accounted for.

Firefighters had to lay about 200 metres of hose lines about from a fire hydrant on Laguna Way and connect two fire trucks to relay water up the long driveway on the property to attack the fire. The water supply lines and fire apparatus occupying Burma Road were expected to keep the section of road closed for up to five hours.

The extent of the damage is currently not known. Nanaimo Fire Rescue fire prevention officer are on scene to investigate the cause once the conditions are safe.


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Tim Doyle, Nanaimo Fire Rescue deputy chief of operations, right, carries a kitten rescued from the fire. Two other pets remained unaccounted for. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

B.C. Ambulance paramedics bring one of four small children who escaped unharmed, along with one woman, to an ambulance to be checked over. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Hundreds of metres of hose, connecting a fire hydrant and two pumper trucks, had to be laid to bring water to the fire scene. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

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