British Columbia

2 children, 1 adult in critical condition after fire now deemed suspicious

Two children and one adult remain in hospital in critical condition Monday after what police are now calling a suspicious house fire in Surrey, B.C., over the weekend.

Fire broke out in East Newton basement suite Sunday morning

On Monday, a stroller and children's toys were visible in the backyard of the Surrey house where children were pulled from a fire Sunday morning. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Two children and one adult remained in hospital in critical condition Monday after what police are now calling a suspicious house fire in Surrey, B.C., over the weekend.

Crews responded to reports of a fire at about 10:30 a.m. PT Sunday near 144B Street and 71 Avenue in the East Newton area, said John Lehmann with the Surrey Fire Service.

Lehmann said there was smoke coming from the basement suite when crews arrived, and firefighters learned there were people still inside. 

Surrey Fire Chief Larry Thomas said 24 firefighters were on the scene and the blaze was quickly extinguished.

Crews rescued three residents from the suite, including the two children, all of whom had sustained "significant injuries."

Surrey RCMP said the third person, who was also taken to hospital, is the father of the two children.

Both Surrey Fire and B.C. Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) said a fourth person was taken to hospital. Thomas said that person was also a family member. It is not known if they were also in the basement suite.

Firefighters in Surrey, B.C., responded Sunday morning to a fire in the Newton area. (Curtis Kreklau)

The parent of the children has since been released, Const. Richard Wright said.

RCMP were called to the house earlier Sunday before the fire started, but Wright did not say why or if it was related to the fire.

No charges have been laid. 

"We're currently on scene with Surrey Fire Service to try to discern what the cause of the fire was and hopefully we're able to get some answers for these two kids," Wright said.

No fire damage was visible at the front of the home on Monday afternoon, but the smell of smoke was still apparent at the back of the house.

A stroller and child's tricycle could be seen in the backyard. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or solvecrime.ca

A fire in the basement of this house left two children and a parent with serious injuries, but no fire damage could be seen at the front of the house on Monday. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story inaccurately reported the number of adults injured in the fire.
    Jul 09, 2019 4:46 PM PT

With files from Jon Hernandez

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