Fire damages vacant Wildwood home

The Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire Wednesday evening, April 20, at approximately 11:50 p.m.

The Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire Wednesday evening, April 20, at approximately 11:50 p.m.

“A vehicle driving by on the highway noticed flames coming out of the window and called 9-1-1,” said Deputy Fire Chief Willy De Vuyst, noting the house was located on Clear Road North.

The home was an older one-storey structure and was vacant at the time of the blaze.

“We managed to save the structure, but they will probably tear it down,” he said.

The WLVFD responded with three trucks and eight firefighters, with help from 10 firefighters and one truck from the Williams Lake Fire Department.

“It went well,” De Vuyst said. “We were back at the hall within three hours.

Wednesday’s was the first structure fire in Wildwood so far this year and “hopefully the last one,” he added.

Couple escapes 150 Mile house fire

A couple in 150 Mile House escaped a house fire just before midnight Tuesday, April 12,  by crawling out a bedroom window.

150 Mile House Volunteer Fire Department Chief Stan McCarthy said they were called in at 11:45 p.m. to the structure fire at 13 Combs Road.

“When we arrived we got their dogs out of the mobile home and I put the couple in my truck until BC Ambulance took them to the hospital for severe smoke inhalation,” McCarthy said.

Twenty firefighters using two engines and two water tenders attacked the fire, managing to contain it to the kitchen and living room.

“Our crew did a really good job of putting the fire out,” McCarthy said.

He said the couple were renting the mobile home and the owner lives in Vernon.

McCarthy said the couple had content insurance and the owner had insurance.

It was the first structure fire the 150 Mile House Fire Department has responded to in 2016.