Fire crews were dispatched to a house fire on 8th Ave in Castlegar this morning. Fire crews attended a house fire on 8th Ave. in Castlegar Friday morning.

Extensive smoke, heat damage to Castlegar home after fire on Friday

One occupant suffered burns after fleeing house with pet

One person was injured in a house fire in Castlegar on Friday morning.

The Castlegar Fire Department was called to a fire in the 3400 block of 8th Avenue just after 11 a.m.

They say when they arrived, they found significant fire and heat damage at the origin of the fire and contained to that portion of the home.

There was also heavy smoke damage throughout the home.

Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio says the fire was under control within 35 minutes, and one person in the home was slightly injured.

“There was one occupant and pet dog home at the time of the fire but managed to escape, however the occupant did sustain some first and second-degree burns,” says Lattanzio. “The occupant was treated and checked out by BCAS on scene.”

Emergency services and the Red Cross also attended and arranged for the needs of the occupants and pet.

In all, eight firefighters, two engines and one squad car responded to the fire, as did the ambulance service, police, Fortis, and the city’s public works department.

Fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire, but Lattanzio says foul play is not suspected.

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