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