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East Vancouver house fire displaces family of four

A family of four has been displaced after a fire broke out in a house on East 48th Avenue in Vancouver, between Tyne Street and Boundary Road.

Fire crews successfully fought off the small blaze that broke out in the house on East 48th Avenue

A firefighter battles a small fire in an East Vancouver house early Thursday morning. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

A family of four has been displaced from their home after a fire broke out on East 48th Avenue in Vancouver, between Tyne Street and Boundary Road.

Around 20 firefighters were called to the house around 1:30 a.m., Thursday. Crews found thick smoke coming out of a room near the back of the house.

Firefighters successfully fought off a small blaze that appears to have broken out in the crawl space.

Fire crews say the family of four safely evacuated the house after smelling smoke. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Battalion Chief Sandy Gerhardt said all four of the people living in the house were evacuated safely, with no injuries.

"The owner woke up and was alerted by some smoke in the bathroom," said Gerhardt. 

"It's safe to say they're going to be out for tonight, but they've already got friends and relatives that have picked the kids up."

Fire not suspicious

Crews had initial challenges locating a sealed floor panel leading to the crawl space, but extinguished the fire quickly after finding it.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but Gerhardt says there's nothing to suggest it was suspicious.

Battalion Chief Sandy Gerhardt said the fire may have started in a wall in the crawl space, and does not appear to be suspicious. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

"It could have been something in the crawl space, but there's not anything in the crawl space, such as a furnace and stuff," he said.

"We're still investigating at this time."