House gutted during early-morning blaze in Nanaimo

House gutted during early-morning blaze in Nanaimo
The aftermath of the early-morning fire in Nanaimo on Aug. 7, 2019.

An early-morning blaze gutted a Nanaimo house on Wednesday.

Crews were called to the fire on Palomino Place in Nanaimo’s Western Acres neighbourhood at 5:30 a.m. When firefighters arrived, flames were showing from three sides of the house.

No one was home at the time of the fire and the flames were contained to the home.

Geoff Whiting, Nanaimo Fire Rescue assistant chief of operations, said there is structural damage to the home, including severe damage to the roof and walls.

Const. Gary O’Brien, media relations officer with Nanaimo RCMP, said officers went to the scene at 8:30 a.m. and it appears the blaze started in a low level storage area, causing the upper levels to collapse.

Fire inspectors are working to determine the cause of the fire. As no cause has been determined at this time, the fire is considered suspicious.

The house has been boarded up.


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