When the fire department arrived in the early hours of Nov. 6

When the fire department arrived in the early hours of Nov. 6

11th Ave. N house fire still under investigation

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of a house fire that destroyed one home in the north part of Golden on Nov. 6.

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of a house fire that destroyed one home in the north part of Golden in the early hours of Nov. 6.

Fire Chief Dave Balding was out of town at the time of the blaze but was able to offer some insight into Golden Fire and Rescue’s suppression efforts, led by Captain Karina Van Halen.

The department responded just before 1:00 a.m. with its lead engine, ladder truck and 12 crew members.

“When our guys got there, there were flames showing at the rear of the building,” Balding said.

“It was a long night, they were there until seven in the morning.”

The owners of the house were out of town, meaning that no lives were at risk.

In some cases, firefighters will attempt to salvage contents of the building but the house, having recently been sold, was mostly empty.

“They stretched the line around back for exterior suppression and they sent a crew in through the front door to knock down the fire inside as there was substantial fire inside,” Balding said.

“A good part of the remaining hours on scene were doing what we call overhaul…making certain that the fire isn’t embedded in walls and won’t rekindle when we leave.”

The fire had also got into the roof, meaning there was quite a bit of work for the department before they could leave the site.

“Operationally, from our perspective, it went very well. The fire was well dealt with. Unfortunately some of that damage is due to us having to make sure that the fire wasn’t continuing to live within the walls,” Balding said.

Police continue to investigate whether the fire was deliberately set and are looking to speak with anyone who may have seen someone near the house, or who may have seen a car leaving the house at the time of the fire.

“Other witnesses reported hearing and seeing a car leave the area at a high rate of speed just before the blaze occurred,” Cst. Spencer Lainchbury said last week in a statement.

The owners of the house could not be reached for comment by the time of publication.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A sign indicating a COVID-19 testing site is displayed inside a parking garage in West Nyack, N.Y., Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The site was only open to students and staff of Rockland County schools in an effort to test enough people to keep the schools open for in-person learning. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
4 more deaths, 54 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

This brings the total to 66 deaths in the region

A CP grain car has derailed near Field, causing a power outage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Train derailment knocks out power in Field

Power is not expected to be restored until tomorrow

(Pixabay)
‘Roadmap out of COVID-19’: Innovate BC’s program helping businesses recover

CEO Raghwa Gopal said the tech sector is here to help brick and mortar businesses

Castlegar Sculpturewalk 2020 – 10 Year Anniversary Sand Sculpture. (Submitted/CBT)
CBT arts and culture grant program now accepting applications

Apply through the Kootenay Columbia Cultural Alliance

Toronto Public Health nurse Lalaine Agarin makes preparations at Toronto’s mass vaccination clinic, Jan. 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
3 deaths, 234 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health over the weekend

One death connected to outbreak at Kamloops’ Royal Inland Hospital, where 20 patients and 28 staff have tested positive

Dr. Penny Ballem, a former deputy health minister, discusses her role in leading B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccination program, at the B.C. legislature, Jan. 22, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. holds steady with 407 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

14 deaths, no new outbreaks in the health care system

Vernon Fire Rescue Services responded to reports of a structure fire on Valleyview Place Jan. 26, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)
Fire snuffed in Vernon home

No visible smoke, flames from area of reported structure fire

A Cessna 170 airplane similar to the one pictured above is reported to be missing off the waters between Victoria and Washington State. Twitter photo/USCG
Canadian, American rescue crews searching for missing aircraft in waters near Victoria

The search is centered around the waters northeast of Port Angeles

Kevin Lee Barrett pleaded guilty to the aggravated assault of his mother Eleanor Holmes on Tuesday, Jan. 26. (File)
West Kelowna man who beat his mom could be sentenced up to 9 years

Kevin Barrett entered a surprise guilty plea to the lesser charge of aggravated assault on Tuesday morning

Interior Health reported two more COVID-19 deaths at Sunnybank Retirement Center in Oliver Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (File photo)
COVID-19 claims lives of two more South Okanagan care home residents

Five residents of the Oliver care home have died since the outbreak was first declared

Vernon now has an approved 13 cannabis shops in town. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Vernon, the ‘Pot capital of B.C.’ greenlights two new stores downtown

Two more shops, within 240 metres, approved, despite neighbouring businesses opposition

11 more cases of COVID-19 have been linked to a cluster on Big White Mountain. Pictured above is TELUS park at Big White Ski Resort, Jan. 26. (Big White Ski Resort)
11 more cases of COVID-19 linked to Big White cluster

This brings the total case count to 225, according to health authorities in a Tuesday update

Jonathon Muzychka and Dean Reber are wanted on Canada-wide warrants. (Courtesy of Victoria Police Department)
Convicted killer, robber at large after failing to return to facility: Victoria police

Dean Reber, 60, and Jonathon Muzychka, 43, may be together

Oliver Elementary School
Former Oliver PAC treasurer charged with fraud returns to court

Belinda Yorke will be in court to fix a date for trial in February

Most Read