Two people taken to hospital after structure fire spreads to two homes in Port Coquitlam
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Two people taken to hospital after structure fire spreads to two homes in Port Coquitlam

Two people were taken to hospital with smoke inhalation Tuesday morning after a fire spread to several homes in Port Coquitlam.

Port Coquitlam Fire Chief Blake Clarkson said crews from two Port Coquitlam fire stations responded to the incident in the 1800 block of Pitt River Road at about 11:30 a.m.

Firefighters, as well as members of the public, helped rescue multiple people in two residential homes, Clarkson said. Both homes were badly damaged.

He added that firefighters had to act quickly to prevent the fire from spreading to other homes, paying attention to the close proximity of the buildings.

“It’s a little difficult when two buildings are burning at the same time,” Clarkson said. “The crews did a great job of containing the fire.”

In addition to the two people injured in the fire, one of the firefighters who responded to the scene was also tested for smoke inhalation, but doctors ultimately gave the go-ahead.

The fire was extinguished at around 1:30pm, but firefighters remained at the scene for several hours to check for further outbreaks.

Clarkson said investigators would investigate the cause of the fire but based on previous witness accounts, it appeared to be an accident.

Residents reported seeing smoke from a wide area of ​​Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam on social media. One woman who posted photos of the scene online said a passerby rushed to help the woman escape from her basement apartment, claiming he saved her life.

Coquitlam mounted police closed Pitt River Road between Langan Avenue and Cameron Avenue just after noon and remained closed until 3:30 p.m.

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Patrick Penner, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Tri-Cities Dispatch