Crews extinguish fire in house walls

Terrace B.C. fire crews rushed to a house fire on the 4900 Block of Labelle Ave. just after 7 a.m. this morning.

Terrace B.C. fire crews are investigating a house fire early this morning on the 4900 Block of Labelle Ave.

Terrace B.C. fire crews rushed to a house fire on the 4900 Block of Labelle Ave. just after 7 a.m. this morning.

Fire seethed inside the walls of the home, and ten firefighters responded to the call.

Two people were in the home at the time, but both escaped after the owner noticed smoke coming from the walls and called 9-1-1.

Believed to be electrical, the fire woke the home owner with suspicious sounds which included water running.

Terrace deputy fire chief Dave Jephson said crews noticed smoke steaming from the eaves when they arrived, and the fire was within the walls of several rooms of the home.

Damage is “a lot,” Jephson said, adding that they believe the cause to be electrical.

“The home owners were very lucky,” he said, referring to the way they awoke to the sounds and escaped the home safely.

The fire crew of ten people used a thermal imaging camera to detect hot spots, then punched holes in the wall with an axe and hosed the fire down.

Fire chief John Klie said the fire is out now and crews are just mopping up and investigating the cause of the fire.