Kaslo fire fighters responded to a fire on Boxing Day which has left a family in a temporary shelter.

Kaslo family in temporary shelter following Boxing Day blaze

The cause of the Boxing Day fire that engulfed the garage of a Kaslo home is still unknown.

The cause of the Boxing Day fire that engulfed the garage of a Kaslo home is still unknown.

Kaslo fire chief Larry Badry said they have determined the fire started in the garage of the rental home, but it would likely depend on insurance as to whether or not they would look into the cause.

“It’s very difficult to determine the cause of a fire like this,” said Badry. “We know where it started, but we just don’t know what started it. We know the location where it started but to pin point how it started and everything is difficult.”

The volunteer fire department received the call around 11:30 a.m. on Monday and was on the scene within about 15 minutes.

When they arrived the garage was fully engulfted in flames.

“They did a great job,” said Badry. “They stopped it and prevented the fire from going into the home. So the home was saved.”

The family that was renting the home has been moved into a temporary shelter.

“The structure next door is unsafe,” said Badry. “It’s not a stable structure now because all of the framing is burned. There is children in the family so we don’t really want to expose them to that type of danger. The fire is out but there is still toxins and fumes coming off the burned out area. You just don’t want to be subjecting people to that. “

According to a neighbour Carl Mortensen – who rushed to the scene on Monday morning – there was a mom with her nine children living in the home.


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