Nanaimo News Bulletin Thursday, August 9, 2012
Fire started outside house
◆ From /1 The owners of the home were away for the weekend. One of the teenage girls lives with the family and the other two were friends staying over. Firefighters from North Cedar Volunteer Fire Department arrived as the roof was collapsing. Percy Tipping, North Cedar fire chief, said only a preliminary investigation into the fire had been done as of Tuesday morning, but the propane igniting in the barbecue
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tank appears to have been triggered by a fire already burning outside the house. What started the fire is still
to be determined. “At this point it looks like it was secondary to the initial ignition, but it was external to the house, so definitely outside,” Tipping said. “Police are not involved at this point and a formal investigation has not actually been done, so there’s nothing official yet.” Tipping said Cranberry Volunteer Fire Department assisted with the fire, which took about 40 minutes to bring under control. Fire crews were on the
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scene for about three hours. Tipping confirmed the homeowners had fire insurance. He said the house suffered surprisingly little fire damage to its interior, which was heavily smoke- and water-damaged. Wendy said neighbours got together and managed to save important family mementos, such as photo albums and other irreplaceable items. “T he neighbours really came together and that’s the nice thing about this quiet l i t t l e c u l - d e - s a c, ” Wendy said. “Everybody knows everyone and everybody sticks together.” Tipping credits the actions taken by people living in the neighbourhood with preventing injury or loss of life in the fire. “The quick thinking of the neighbours certainly prevented injury and they should be commended for that,” Tipping said. email@example.com
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North Cedar volunteer firefighters douse a fire in a house on Emma Way Sunday morning. Quick action by neighbours helped get three teens out unharmed.
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August 09, 2012 edition of the Nanaimo News Bulletin