British Columbia

Fire damages two homes in remote Indian Arm community

Crews are on scene after a home under construction caught fire. The fire spread to a neighbouring home and trees in the boat-access only community in North Vancouver.

Fire started at a home construction site before spreading to a neighbouring home and trees

A fire broke out early this morning in a remote neighbourhood in Brighton Beach along Indian Arm. (Lindsay Sample)

A fire has destroyed one home under construction and has damaged another house in a remote neighbourhood near Brighton Beach along Indian Arm.

Stephanie Smiley with the District of North Vancouver said fire crews received a call at 5:40 a.m. PT Thursday with reports of a fire in an unoccupied house at Brighton Beach.

A woman surveys the destruction of the Brighton Beach fire which started early this morning. (Lindsay Sample)

"It spread into an additional home and spread into some surrounding trees," she said. 

Since the community is only accessible by water, a Vancouver Fire Department boat was sent for and both North Vancouver and Vancouver fire crews are on scene.

Although the fire is still smouldering, Smiley says crews now have the fire under control.

The fire at Brighton Beach started in a home under construction before spreading to a neighbouring home and nearby trees. (Lindsay Sample)

Alex Muselius, a resident of Deep Cove in North Vancouver, said he noticed the smoke from his home while he was walking his dog this morning.

"The plume of smoke that I noticed was very black, and very, very prominent," he said. "I thought, wow, something blew up. I was thinking — what could it be?"

An ambulance was dispatched, but officials have not confirmed if there are injuries at this point.

With files from Farrah Merali.