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UPDATED: West Vancouver couple escape 'stubborn' house fire

Two West Vancouver seniors have been left homeless after fire tore through their longtime Eagle Harbour residence Thursday evening. The pair were at home in the 5700-block of Bluebell Drive at about 8 p.m.

Two West Vancouver seniors have been left homeless after fire tore through their longtime Eagle Harbour residence Thursday evening.

The pair were at home in the 5700-block of Bluebell Drive at about 8 p.m. when flames apparently broke out in a basement wall. The fire quickly spread upward through the two-storey post-and-beam structure. The victims had time to collect their dog and escape the house with the help of a neighbour before the space filled with smoke.

West Vancouver firefighters arrived minutes later and set to dousing the growing blaze, but it was an hour before it was fully under control.

This was an extremely stubborn fire, said assistant fire chief Martin Ernst. It was lodged inside one of the walls. . . . It was very deep-seated in the basement level.

By the time the fire was out, the inside of the building had been all but destroyed, he said.

The interior of the home is unusable, said Ernst. Theres not too much to salvage.

It remains to be seen whether the home will have to be torn down, he said.

The occupants, who had lived at the residence for as long as 40 years, according to firefighters, were put into the care of West Vancouver police victim services and the North Shore Emergency Management Office. No one was injured in the incident.

The fire is still under investigation, said Ernst, but early indications suggest it was caused by an electrical problem, possibly related to the changing of a fuse.

Investigators do not consider it suspicious.

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