A North Vancouver family is out of house and home after a townhouse fire Saturday morning.
Crews from the City and District of North Vancouver fire departments raced to the 300-block of West Fourth Street just before 8: 20 a.m. when one unit of the six-unit complex was engulfed in flames.
"We confirmed that everybody was out of that unit and the adjacent units, then we went into fire attack mode," said Dan Pistilli, acting fire chief for the City of North Vancouver.
Paramedics treated the affected families on site. "They're all doing good now. For a couple nights, everybody in the complex had either gone to family locally or they were being put up in hotels with the assistance of (Emergency Social Services)," Pistilli said, "There was support from local merchants who had gotten them some clothing."
The adjacent units suffered some smoke and fire damage, but firefighters managed to stop the fire from consuming the whole complex.
"The crews worked extremely hard to contain it to the one unit. . . . (They) did an awesome job putting the fire out," Pistilli said.
It was too soon to say exactly how the blaze began, he said, but investigators believe it started in the kitchen.