Neighbours of a home heavily damaged by fire in Westsyde Friday afternoon said it started with an explosion before flames erupted through the roof.
No one was home when the fire started at 4307 Karindale Rd. around 2:30 p.m. The owner and his friend arrived at the scene to find the property engulfed. He had no idea what may have ignited the blaze.
“I dunno, man,” said the owner, who didn't want to elaborate. “I just got here. Somebody said there was an explosion.”
While no people were injured in the fire, the family dog did not survive. Firefighters were unsuccessful in attempts to resuscitate the pet.
Four engines and three B.C. Ambulance vehicles lined Westsyde Road as firefighters hosed down the flames. Most of the roof was burned and the main floor of the home appeared to be gutted as well.
A neighbour named Gary said he heard the explosion and went inside his house.
“By the time I came back, all the bushes and the front of the house were burning. It was unbelievably fast. Ten minutes and it was pretty much gone.”
A fire investigator was on scene but the cause of the blaze has not been determined. An investigator will also determine whether the house can be salvaged.