Early morning fire guts China Creek home

A family in China Creek is coping with damage from a fire early on Thursday morning.



A family in China Creek is coping with damage from a fire early on Thursday morning.

The smell of smoke raised alarm bells around 5 a.m. and the Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue (KBRFR) team arrived at the home shortly afterwards.

Firefighter Grant Tyson said the crew saw “a lot of smoke and fire” when it arrived at the Genelle-based home. According to a recent press release for the KBRFR, heavy smoke began wafting from the roof and the attic was engulfed in fire.

“The home was occupied by a family but they all made it out on their own,” he said.

However, one firefighter dislocated his thumb during the rescue. B.C. Ambulance Service transported the firefighter to the Trail hospital after sustaining a hand injury.

Tyson indicated that the insurance adjusters were on-site evaluating the damage around 2 p.m. on Thursday. The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but does not appear to be suspicious.