British Columbia

East Vancouver fire forces two out of home, sends one to hospital

One man was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation after a large fire broke out in a home on East 16th Avenue near Windermere Street Wednesday night.

The fire started in the basement and worked its way up to 2nd floor of the house

Firefighters prepare to attack flames coming from the basement. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Two people were forced out of their home after an early morning fire in East Vancouver Wednesday.

The fire broke out in a house on East 16th Avenue near Windermere Street just before midnight.

Fire crews arrived shortly after to find the bottom of the two-storey building engulfed in flames.

"We're surprised it got this far, you know, before anybody called us," said Batt. Chief Mike Huntley with Vancouver Fire.

"But sometimes that's what happens on a quiet neighbourhood at night time."

Huntley said the fire had made its way into the walls, which made it a challenging fight.

"It's matter of chasing it in the walls," he said.

Mike Huntley says crews prevented the fire from spreading to two nearby houses. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

The tenant living upstairs helped a man living in the basement suite escape, Huntley said.

He was taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The house suffered some extensive damage. The cause is under investigation.