Woman in hospital, pets missing after North Vancouver house fire
Neighbours called in fire before 2 a.m. Monday on Lima Road
A woman is in hospital and several of her pets are missing after a fire in North Vancouver, B.C., early Monday.
Smoke from the fire could be seen high above the tree line surrounding the neighbourhood, near Deep Cove.
The fire was called in by neighbours before 2 a.m. PT.
Crews arrived within minutes of leaving the fire hall, which is only a few blocks away.
"While the first incoming fire truck was en route, they actually noticed there were significant smoke and flames coming from the roof of the house," said Asst. Chief David Dales with the District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services.
"When they arrived they were met with a fully engulfed structure fire and they were dealing with the homeowner, who had significant burns."
Dales said several pets are still unaccounted for, although they are hoping they escaped into the wooded areas surrounding the home.
Mount Seymour Parkway from Fairway Crescent to Dollarton Highway was closed as crews suppressed the fire, but has since been fully re-opened.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.