No evidence of smoke alarms
Nanaimo Fire Rescue is currently investigating a fire in which no one was injured and there was no evidence of working smoke alarms, which could have reduced the damage caused.
Nanaimo Fire Rescue responded to a late night fire on Strickland Street that displaced one tenant. The fire caused damage to the lower suite's kitchen area. When crews arrived, there was no evidence of smoke alarms working. RCMP and BC Ambulance were on scene. Emergency Social Services provided temporary accommodation for the displaced resident.
Only 27% of residential fires in Nanaimo are found to have working smoke alarms in place.
"Smoke alarms need to be checked monthly and replaced every 10 years. Just because there is a smoke alarm in your home, it does not mean that it will work when it needs to. This fire could have resulted in tragedy." Karen Fry, Nanaimo Fire Rescue