An overloaded electrical circuit is the suspected cause of a house fire Sunday evening in Abbotsford.
Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service (AFRS) was called to 2735 McCurdy Place just before 7:30 p.m. Deputy Fire Chief Mike Helmer said heavy black smoke was coming from the eaves of the two-storey home when they arrived.
All seven occupants had escaped, and fire crews were able to prevent the blaze from spreading.
Helmer said fire damage was limited to a downstairs bedroom, with the rest of the house suffering heavy smoke damage. Total damage is estimated at $130,000.
A total of 34 firefighters and seven trucks from two firehalls battled the blaze.
Helmer reminds residents that extension cords are meant for temporary use only.
“Extended use … can allow abrasion and compression of the electrical cords. This can cause a breakdown … and allow the wires to short-circuit, providing an ignition source for nearby combustible materials,” he said.