March 30, 2018 12:56 pm
Updated: March 30, 2018 1:35 pm

Fire at Burnaby ‘hoarder’s house’ sends man to hospital

WATCH: Burnaby fire crews rescued a man from a house fire on Sumas Street in Burnaby overnight. Crews were faced with a difficult search due to the home's contents, with the condition inside described as "unlivable." Jordan Armstrong reports.


A man is in hospital after a two-alarm fire at a Burnaby home early Friday morning.

The fire broke out around 1 a.m. at a home on Sumas Street in North Burnaby. Crews arrived to find a fully-involved blaze and had to rescue a man who collapsed after trying to re-enter the house.

Firefighters said the blaze was tough to fight because there were so many items inside the home.

“It was what we refer to as a ‘hoarder’s house,'” Acting Asst. Chief John Titley of Burnaby Fire said. “It was quite messy inside for us to perform a proper search and extinguish the fire.”

The house suffered extensive damage and won’t be habitable for some time, Titley said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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