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Two house fires within 75 minutes

A fire on River Road destroyed this mobile home.  - Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service
A fire on River Road destroyed this mobile home.
— image credit: Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service

Two house fires took place in Abbotsford on Sunday morning, and neither residence had working smoke alarms, according to Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service (AFRS).

AFRS responded to the first incident at about 6:30 a.m. at 28412 River Rd. Fire crews arrived to find a mobile home fully engulfed in flames.

The two occupants were awakened by the sound of crackling and discovered that a blaze had started by their wood-fired stove.

They attempted to put out the flames, but the fire quickly spread. Fire crews extinguished the blaze, but the mobile home was destroyed.

The second fire occurred at 7:45 a.m. at 33562 Clayburn Rd. (photo at left).

When fire crews arrived, the single-storey home was engulfed in flames and heavy smoke.

The resident had awakened to the sound of glass breaking, and fire and smoke in the home forced the person to escape out a window.

The occupant was taken to hospital for treatment of exposure to smoke.

Damage to the home was estimated at $75,000.

AFRS continues to investigate the cause of each fire, although neither is considered suspicious.

Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Adams said all the occupants were fortunate to escape unharmed. He reminded homeowners that smoke alarms are required by law and should be installed on all levels of a home, especially near sleeping areas.

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