One Thornhill resident is homeless after a mobile home burnt to the ground Thursday, May 23.
No one was injured.
Ten Thornhill firefighters and five Terrace firefighters were dispatched to the call, which came in around 11:22 a.m. in Copper River Estates, about halfway down Copper River Road.
Thornhill’s fire chief Rick Boehm says crews arrived and saw what appeared to be a double-wide mobile home with smoke and fire coming out of the rear side of the house.
“It was a defensive fire, so when we take that tactic we have no desire to go inside because of the structural integrity of the building. So we protected all the exposures to the neighbouring homes and did the best that we could from the yard.”
Boehm says it took approximately two hours for crews to extinguish the fire, and firefighters returned to the scene later in the afternoon to ensure there were no remaining hot spots.
He says one person and a small pet were living at the location but no one was home at the time of the fire.
The damage is extensive, and the homeowner is receiving support from Emergency Support Services.
“It had completely burnt through the exterior walls and the roof so we were able to do all we had to do from the outside,” Boehm says.
“With volunteer fire departments, at that time of day a lot of people are already at work, so that’s why we initiated our mutual aid agreement with the City of Terrace to make sure we had enough manpower and it all worked out very well.”
He also credits two nearby residents who were “very helpful” as firefighters worked to get a water supply established.
“We arrived with three members to do exposure control until the other resources showed up, but we still have a lot of other work that requires more people,” he says. “We have a high volume hose that was connected from the fire hydrant to the truck and it was about a 400-foot stretch, and they manually packed us to the hydrant. That was a huge help for us.”
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.