British Columbia

One person dead in Coquitlam, B.C. house fire

One person is dead and another is in hospital following a house fire in Coquitlam. Firefighters say the home did not have any working smoke detectors.

Fire crews were called to the 600 block of Gatensbury Street on Saturday morning

One person did not make it out of this Coquitlam house alive after a fire started in the basement of the structure on Saturday, March 4, 2017. (Cliff Shim/CBC)

One person is dead after a fire at a home in the 600 block of Gatensbury Street in Coquitlam, B.C. on Saturday morning. 

Firefighters say the fire was reported around 8 a.m. PT and when they arrived smoke and flames were billowing out of a basement window of the house.

Firefighters went into the burning home to try find a homeowner who was unaccounted for when they arrived at the house in the 600 block of Gatensbury Street. (Curtis Kreklau)

Rod Gill, the deputy fire chief in Coquitlam, said his crews quickly determined that one person, who lived in the residence, was missing.

"It was the homeowner," he said. "There was two people home at the time of the fire and and one of them, they did make it out. They were taken to the hospital for observation and the other person, ... is deceased."

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire. RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service are also involved.

Coquitlam deputy fire chief Rod Gill says there were no smoke detectors in the home, which he described as under renovation. (Cliff Shim/CBC)

No smoke alarms

Gill says the home, a wood-framed structure, built in the 1960s, did not have working smoke detectors.

"So you know that's unfortunate, you know smoke detectors do save lives," he said.