Three people were taken to hospital due to smoke inhalation after a house fire in the 600 block of Nursery Road in Campbell River on Tuesday.
Just after 9 p.m., the Campbell River Fire Department were called to a house fire. There were four people inside the home when the fire started, including two people in wheelchairs and a child.
“The quick action by the young child who alerted others of the fire was instrumental in all occupants escaping safely,” Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Doherty said in a statement.
Doherty also said bystanders helped limit the spread of the fire by using a garden hose to try to douse the flames through a window until firefighters arrived on scene.
The fire was contained to one room. Firefighters were able to save and retrieve critical medical equipment and supplies from the home of one of the occupants.
However, Doherty said the smoke damaged the entire home and it is now uninhabitable so the family is now displaced.
The home had a working smoke alarm, which alerted the occupants of the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.