A photo taken by Campbell River Fire Chief Thomas Doherty shows the scene of a recent kitchen fire.

Chief says structure fires on the rise in Campbell River

Structure fire incidents in South Campbell River have tripled, says Doherty

The Campbell River Fire Department says firefighters are responding to a rising number of structure fires this year, many of them starting in kitchens.

“We saw a spike in kitchen-related fires in 2018, and so far in 2019 that trend is continuing to increase,” said Fire Chief Thomas Doherty in an email. “In a number of these kitchen incidents, occupants indicated being preoccupied or distracted when using the stove or oven.”

In some instances, combustible materials were placed on or near the stove, he said. When the stoves were accidentally turned on, fires quickly spread to the cabinets above.

And in two incidents, items stored in ovens ignited when turned on.

READ MORE: Fire crews respond to kitchen fire in Campbell River

READ MORE: Fire displaces resident from mobile home in Campbell River

READ MORE: Campbell River firefighters honoured at awards ceremony

Overall, there’s been a 23 per cent increase in structure fire-related incidents compared to the same period in 2018, he said.

The city’s south end in particular is seeing an alarming increase in the number of fires, Doherty said.

“In 2019, structure fire incidents in the south have tripled compared to the same time frame in 2018,” he said.

Doherty provided this rundown of incidents from April 30 to May 7:

April 30: Structure fire on Croation Road. Kitchen fire, substantial damage to kitchen with one person transported to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

May 2: Structure fire at 2006 Sierra Drive. Kitchen fire causing minor damage, with fire contained to stove, smoke throughout house.

May 5: Smoke in a structure, 1900 block of Holm Place. Faulty furnace circuit board, minimal damage.

May 6: Crews responded to a report of structure fire at 3700 block of South Island Highway. Illegal backyard burn, not a structure fire.

May 7: Structure fire at 800 Block of Erickson Road. Fire in kitchen, damage to stove, kitchen cabinets and range hood, smoke throughout house.

May 7: Structure fire at 951 Homewood Road. Fire in kitchen, fire contained to the oven, smoke throughout home.


@davidgordonkoch
david.koch@campbellrivermirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

B.C. Supreme Court dismisses review around ferry workers’ right to strike

B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union collective agreement expires November 2020

Tofino poised to apologize to Japan

Mayor leads push to 1947 push to exclude “Orientals” from owning property or carrying on business

Sooke woman is ‘black and blue’ after being pushed off 40-foot cliff at Thetis Lake

West Shore RCMP looking for witnesses as investigation continues

BC Ferries asks boaters to learn signals and be careful around ferries

BC Ferries responded to 15 marine emergencies in 2018

Port Alberni’s ‘Army of Problem Solvers’ to the rescue

Facebook group gathers people who just want to help their neighbours

VIDEO: Canadian, U.S. Coast guards run oil spill response drills

20 vessels were on the water to practice international response methods

Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 to move within 1 game of NBA Finals

Leonard scores 35 as Toronto takes 3-2 series lead over Milwaukee

Nanaimo Mounties to return stolen rifles to owner

Guns had been seized this month by police who found the suspect carrying rifles wrapped in a blanket

Rifflandia Festival cancelled for 2019

Early Bird tickets can be refunded at point of purchase, or held and redeemed for 2020

Campbell River-area residents on the hook following fisheries violations

DFO announces convictions related to sea urchin, prawn fisheries

Hundreds of warning notes issued in first weeks of Victoria’s Sunday parking fees

The City of Victoria instated Sunday parking fees on May 1

Fraser Valley man dead after car hurtles from embankment west of Campbell River

Survivor of crash rushed to hospital by helicopter in serious condition

Municipalities protest after B.C. declares marijuana crops ‘farm use’

UBCM president seeks answers in letter to John Horgan government

VIDEO: Sunfest turns up summer heat with final lineup announcement

With young Port Alberni star, and Valley’s own Lindsay Elzinga joining the fun, you’ll wanna be there

Most Read