A fire appearing to have originated in the attic of an Uphill home was put out with no incidents or injuries Tuesday evening.
When Nelson Police Department arrived first on the scene at 9:35 p.m., everyone was already safely outside the 1432 Park Street home.
“Two occupants inside the residence were notified by astute neighbours that the roof of the residence was on fire,” says Acting Sergeant Nate Holt. “The occupants were able to safely get themselves and their pets out of the residence immediately.”
Moments later, the Nelson Fire Department’s two on-duty members arrived observing fire on the roof of the house. After ensuring the fire was not inside the house, they went to work on suppression efforts, says Michael Daloise, assistant fire chief.
Fifteen additional fire fighters responded and went to work checking the attic.
“When they opened the attic, they were met with heavy fire conditions and proceeded to attempt to extinguish the fire,” says Daloise.
Because the attic was difficult to access from inside the home, firefighters removed roofing to ensure the fire was completely out.
“The fire appears to have originated in the attic space and the fire damage was contained to the attic and roof,” says Daloise.
Damage to the home is estimated at $30,000 and includes a small amount of water damage due to the suppression efforts.
In all 17 firefighters responded to the fire with one engine, one ladder truck, one tender truck, and one utility vehicle.
The fire is still under investigation but is not considered suspicious at this time.