Child, mother, grandfather killed in East Vancouver house fire – BC

Members of three generations of a Vancouver family, including a child, are dead following a two fire alarm in East Vancouver on Sunday.

Vancouver fire chief Karen Fry said two others were injured in the tragedy.

The victims, Fry said, were a child younger than 10, their mother and their grandfather.

“Extensive and intense efforts by our crews to resuscitate were unsuccessful and tragically all three were pronounced degassed at the scene,” Fry said.

The child’s grandmother suffered smoke inhalation while their father suffered “extensive burns,” Fry said. Both were in hospital

Firefighters were called to the home near East 41st Avenue and Earls Street around 7:30 am, and arrived to find the basement suite fully involved.

Three people were killed and two others were injured following a house fire in East Vancouver overnight.

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Firefighters said they arrived to find the home near East 41st Avenue and Earls Street fully involved.

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There were five occupants inside, two of whom were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters were initially forced to attack the fire from outside, but have since been able to move inside the building.

Police and multiple ambulances were called to the scene, and blocked off 41st Avenue between Rupert Street and Victoria Drive.

“It appears the basement was the location of the fire’s start, but as to what started it we’re still investigating that,” Fry said, adding that early information suggests the fire was not suspicious.

It was also still unclear whether the home had working smoke alarms, Fry said.

Crews were able to extinguish the flames before they spread to nearby buildings.

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