Castlegar saw the second highest year since records were kept for total dollar-value loss from fires during 2021.
Through the end of November (the most current figures available as of press time) more than $1.2 million dollars worth of property was lost due to fires.
The highest year on record was 2013, the year that two Castlegar churches were damaged by arson fires ($1.54 million).
A trailer on a property at the corner of Yew Street and 7th Avenue caught fire on Feb. 27, 2021. This was the third time that there was a fire at the property. The first occurred on June 5, 2020 and completely destroyed the house on the property as well as the house next door. The cause of the first fire was ruled to be arson and a suspect was arrested and charged. The second fire happened on Nov. 15, 2020. It destroyed a shed on the property, and was believed to have started in a wood burning stove or chimney.
Not even a month later, fire destroyed an apartment building in the same neighbourhood, in the 1100 block of 7th Avenue on March 20, 2021. All occupants of the four-unit complex were safely evacuated.
Fire destroyed a home in the 3200 block of 5th Avenue on May 2, 2021. Two occupants of the home escaped without injury, but one firefighter was injured while fighting the blaze.
Through the end of November, CFD had responded to 87 fire calls, 125 rescue calls, 34 first responder calls, 34 vehicle incidents and 24 hazardous material calls. The total number of calls for all categories was 695.