All hands were on deck to fight a house fire in Wells on Thursday, Feb. 24.
The Wells Volunteer Fire Brigade received mutual support from the Barlow Creek Volunteer Fire Department in extinguishing the blaze that broke out at Blair Avenue and Dawson Street at around 3:30 p.m.
“The fire started in the attic from what we believe,” said Wells Fire Chief Carrie Chard.
“The fire was isolated to the roof but it was surrounded by two and a half, three feet of snow, so it was very difficult to try and fight the fire due to the elements.”
Everyone inside the family home was able to escape without injury.
One person was sent to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
Wells RCMP and the BC Ambulance Service also attended.
Chard said many community members, along with Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. and Barkerville Historic Town & Park, were more than willing to help out and offer their services such as providing nutrition and hydration for firefighters.
“There was support from the entire community and surrounding area, so it was pretty great,” Chard said.
“This was once again one of those demonstrations where our community came out to help out in any way that they could, so it was kind of an honour to be able to serve in a community that is as committed to each other and committed to their neighbours as Wells is.”
The Wells Volunteer Fire Brigade continue to ask people to stay away from the fire scene, which a restoration company is monitoring.
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