Two homes in Belcarra near Port Moody have been completely destroyed following a large blaze on Sunday.
Fire Chief of the Sasamat Fire Department Jay Sharpe says it’s a total loss for both homes due to the extensive damage.
He says luckily no one was home at the time of the fire. He says the tenants of one of the homes were out while the second home was empty.
“One house was occupied on two different floors, both tenants when we talked to them said that it was just a normal day for them they had both gone out for the day so they can’t recall anything out of the ordinary when they left.”
Sharpe says crews are using multiple water resources, including ocean water.
About 20 crew members are on the scene battling the fire. Sharpe is asking bystanders to stay away from the scene.
“We’re just asking people to avoid the area. The area is just north of Belcarra Regional Park, so we’re just asking people to avoid the area right now.”
The cause of the fire is still unknown but Sharpe says it seems ti originated on the occupied home.
“It seems to have started on the second floor of the first house, other than that, right now is just a big pile of rubble. It will be impossible at this point to determine anything.”
Video shared on social media shows fully engulfed flames and a tall cloud of black smoke.
This is awful. Fire in Belcarra. House next door now on fire too. pic.twitter.com/QC1nlDjXbH
— Martina Scholtens (@fresh_md) April 9, 2017