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‘Ugly’ Port Coquitlam fire leaves family of 5 homeless

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WATCH: Firefighters work to contain a blaze at a Port Coquitlam home on Monday. – Jan 21, 2019

Fire crews were still on the scene of a large Port Coquitlam house fire that left a family of five homeless on Monday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to the home at 1197 Fraserview St. around 9 a.m. with reports of smoke coming out of the windows.

But neighbours say it didn’t take long for the fire to grow.

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“It was a complete blaze. There was smoke everywhere, you could see fire in pretty much every window — it was bad,” said John Hartt, who lives down the street.

“There were fire trucks everywhere, smoke as high as the sky.”

Port Coquitlam Fire Chief Nick Delmonico said the resident, a single mother of four, was home but got out safely. Her four kids were at school.

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He said the steep slope of the property and fences made it hard for firefighters to get access, and the nature of the fire itself created its own problems.

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“Really ugly, green smoke — we were getting some blue and green flame, which is a concern if that is fuelled by some natural gas or metal burning,” he said.

Delmonico said it’s not clear how the fire started, though it may have come from a kitchenette in the basement.

He said firefighters expected to be on site for most of the day working on hot spots.

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