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HomeBusinessOccupant’s work on chimney blamed for house fire in British Properties 

Occupant’s work on chimney blamed for house fire in British Properties 

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Bob Mackin 

West Vancouver firefighters extinguished a house fire in the British Properties during dusk on April 14.

House fire on April 14, 2024 at 215 Stevens in West Vancouver (Adam Smith)

A neighbour reported seeing smoke coming from the roof of 215 Stevens Drive around 7:45 p.m. Smoke drifted eastward across the Capilano River and into North Vancouver. Two residents of the house were assessed by B.C. Ambulance paramedics and released. 

“Crews arrived and there was smoke and flame coming from the first and second floors of the chimney chase,” said Jeremy Calder, assistant chief, fire prevention, for West Vancouver Fire and Rescue. “Crews did an aggressive attack and were able to knock the fire down, ensured all the residents were out of the building.”

Calder said it was an accident and does not believe a contractor was involved. The homeowner reported conducting hot works, “which is like welding-type work on the exterior of the building, by the chimney.”

The 1996-built house was assessed last year at almost $3.71 million. It has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms. It is located on the east side of the British Properties, near Capilano Golf and Country Club.

Calder recommends keeping a fire extinguisher on site and monitoring in the area while doing any similar work “for at least a couple hours to ensure that you haven’t started any fires and ensuring that you have working smoke detectors inside your home to notify you of any fire.”

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