Sicamous

Sicamous firefighters unable to save Hillier Road residence

No one injured in Saturday night blaze that leaves couple homeless.

A Sicamous couple is without home following a Hillier Road residential fire Saturday night.

Fire chief Brett Ogino said he and his crew were having a going away party for one of their firefighters on the evening on Oct. 15, when the page came in at 8 p.m. for a residential structure fire on Hillier Road, behind the district’s sewage treatment plant.

While en route, Ogino said he could see the house was already fully involved.

“On arrival the house had fire coming out of every opening,” said Ogino, adding the residents were not home at the time.

Ogino said the fire was quickly knocked down, despite firefighters having limited access to water. No one was injured in the process and Malakwa and Swansea Point firefighters provided mutual aid, assisting with firefighting and shuttling water.

Ogino said there was a power outage at the time of the blaze, but the cause of the fire remains unknown, adding there’s not a lot left to work with. The fire is currently being investigated by the property owner’s insurance company.