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Six people out of home following Horseshoe Bay house fire

Fire investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire, which broke out in a second-floor bedroom

Six West Vancouver residents are out of their home following a fire which broke out in a house in Horseshoe Bay Friday morning.

Fire crews were called to the home at 6432 Chatham St. after 10 a.m. after receiving multiple 911 calls.

When firefighters arrived, smoke and flames were coming from a bedroom on the second floor of the home while residents attempted to put out the fire with a garden hose.

Six people who were home at the time the fire broke out managed to escape, but some had gone back into the home to rescue family pets, said Assistant Fire Chief Garrith Michael.

After the arrival of fire crews, all residents were quickly evacuated and firefighters moved swiftly to knock down the fire, said Michael.

Michael said fire investigators don’t yet know how the fire started, but it is believed to have ignited in a second-floor bedroom.

The fire resulted in severe damage to the second floor of the home, said Michael. “Basically, the whole second floor of the structure was consumed by fire and smoke,” he said.

Efforts by firefighters prevented the fire spreading into the roof, which remained intact, he said.

The family pets were also found safe.

The fire was out and crews were mopping up Friday afternoon.

West Vancouver fire crews were called out to house fire on Chatham Street in Horseshoe Bay Friday morning. | Shula Klinger