Two people were hospitalized and others were forced out of their home early Friday morning as two houses burned up in a quiet Burnaby neighbourhood.
The three-alarm fire started at around 3 a.m. in the 3700 block of Pender Street, just east of Boundary Road. Four aerial ladders were set up to douse the blaze, which started at one house and then spread to a second home.
Two people were taken to hospital with smoke inhalation and emergency services were brought in to help the displaced residents.
“It’s just so sad,” one witness told the NOW on Friday morning, as the two homes still smoldered. The witness, who lives across the street from where the fire took place, said an elderly couple was rescued from the home and sat on a curb across the street watching their post-war bungalow burn up. “I think they had lived in that home for a very long time.”
The second home suffered significant damage to its roof. The fire, according to fire officials, is not considered suspicious and crews are still on scene this morning pouring water on the roof from an aerial ladder.