Person found unconscious in doorway as Vernon firefighters arrive to battle house fire
Vernon Fire and Rescue Services put out a fire in this home Dec. 26, 2016.
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December 27, 2016 - 9:24 AM
VERNON - Firefighters pulled an unconscious person to safety after a fire broke out in a Vernon building.
Vernon Fire and Rescue Services were called to a house fire in the 3700 block of 30 Avenue around 5:18 p.m. on Boxing Day, fire captain Colin Clarke says.
On arrival, they found an unconscious person lying in the doorway. They were unresponsive but breathing. The victim was pulled to safety and transported to Vernon Jubilee Hospital.
“Based on where the person was they were likely making their way out and were overcome by the smoke,” Clarke says.
Firefighters entered the house, which is divided into a number of individual residences, and located the fire in one of the units. Clarke says the blaze was knocked down quickly and damage contained to the unit of origin.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation and is not considered suspicious.
Emergency Social Services assisted the other residents and may have relocated them for the night due to the smokey smell, Clarke says.
— This story was updated at 10:08 a.m. Dec. 27, 2016 to add a new photo.
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