Mattress fire damages townhome

One man was hospitalized and a family is temporarily out of their home following a townhouse fire on Squamish Nation land Sunday night.

When crews arrived at the complex on the 400 block of Mahon Avenue, they saw smoke billowing out of a second-floor bedroom window, according to North Vancouver City Fire Department Chief Dan Pistilli.

article continues below

“We did an interior attack and found a mattress and some clothing on fire in the bedroom,” Pistilli said.

Crews evacuated all of the units and doused the burning mattress. One of the home’s residents attempted to put it out himself but was unable to, Pistilli said. He was later taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The suite sustained water and smoke damage, Pistilli said. The family will be staying with relatives while repairs are done.

“We had to breach a couple walls just to check for extension,” he said. “You always worry about exposure.”

Pistilli said the case underscores why firefighters so often plead for due care and attention when it comes to open flames.

“The investigators are going in today, but the indications are that it was potentially a teenager playing with matches or doing something in their room with a candle or matches,” he said. “We’re going to follow up and talk to the youth about the use of matches.”

Pistilli also advised that residents should routinely check that their smoke detectors are in working order.

Read Related Topics

© North Shore News
Sign up for the North Shore News FREE digital newsletter to receive top headlines from each issue in your Inbox.

Report a Typo or Error


NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The North Shore News welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus
Community Events Calendar