WATCH: The flames from a fire in Campbell River last night were so intense and spread so quickly that even huge fir trees burned like candles. Two homes were also on fire, with people inside, forced to try and escape before first responders even arrived. Dean Stoltz has more.
The Campbell River Fire chief says an investigation is in its early stages to determine what caused a fire that destroyed one home, and caused damage to another.
Thomas Doherty says calls came just after 8 p.m. Tuesday for a house fire on Leed Road and says all four occupants were able to get out of the building uninjured.
Police are still at the scene of a house fire on Leed Rd. in #CampbellRiver last night. 4 people barely escaped from the main fire and 1 person got out of a second house that also caught fire. Cause undetermined at this time. More @CHEK_News pic.twitter.com/OqIuPMYjE8
— Dean Stoltz (@deanstoltzchek) April 3, 2019
Doherty says one person inside a neighbouring home that was damaged from the spreading fire got out to safety.
WATCH: A house destroyed by fire in Campbell River late Tuesday night.
Emergency services helped find shelter for all five people.
CR Firefighters arrive on scene to fully involved house fire spreading to neighbor's home and threatening two other properties. pic.twitter.com/ODJ56RHGQb
— Campbell River Fire (@RiverCityFire) April 3, 2019
Doherty says the fire appears to have started in the garage or carport area of the home that was consumed by flames.
Twenty-five firefighters responded with two engine units, two ladder trucks and a rescue unit.
B.C. Ambulance and Campbell River RCMP also attended.
Doherty says there was lots of smoke in the area and some neighbours were assessed and homes ventilated to try and remove the smell.
The investigation continues and a GoFundMe has been set up for one of the families affected.