Three people have been displaced from their home following a structure fire in Nanaimo.
Crews with Nanaimo Fire Rescue were called a house fire in the 400-block of Lambert Avenue shortly before 5 p.m. on Sunday. Grey smoke could be seen billowing over the neighbourhood.
Jodi Le Masurier, assistant fire chief with Nanaimo Fire Rescue, said three engines responded to the blaze and firefighters were quickly able to extinguish the fire. She said three people were inside the home, but managed to escape.
“Luckily, for the three people who were inside, the smoke alarms did go off,” she said. “That gave them extra time to get out.”
The fire damage was significant enough that the three people have now been displaced, said Le Masurier, adding that the occupants will be looked after by Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s emergency support services division.
“Our emergency support services is working with those three occupants and they will be displaced. So, they’re working to find them some shelter for the evening,” she said.
Le Masurier credits working smoke alarms for alerting the three people. She said the outcome could have been worse if it wasn’t for the smoke alarms.
“It is a great reminder for people to ensure that they have working smoke alarms,” she said. “It is because of working smoke alarms, that these three individuals were able to get out without being injured.”