Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke and fire pouring from an fourth-floor apartment on the north side of the building. Facebook photo.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke and fire pouring from an fourth-floor apartment on the north side of the building. Facebook photo.

Mission firefighters extinguish apartment blaze, 1 resident sent to hospital

3rd and 4th floors residents displaced by damage

Mission firefighters were called to an apartment fire Wednesday evening (April 27), extinguishing the blaze before it could spread to other areas of the building.

One person was sent to hospital for burns and smoke inhalation.

The fire alarm at Minerva Gardens sounded just after 7:34 p.m., alerting Mission Fire Rescue Service (MFRS) to the building located at 33371 2nd Ave.

“Engine 1 arrived on scene and found heavy smoke and fire showing through a unit on the north side of the building on the fourth floor,” said Assistant Chief Ian Glasgow.

Fire crews helped rescue some residents with mobility issues and pets as they made entry to the building to attack the fire, Glasgow said.

All three fire halls in Mission were paged to assist, bringing approximately 30 firefighters in six MFRS vehicles to the scene. Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service was also called for mutual aid to bring another ladder truck to the fire.

The ladder trucks were staged on Murray Street and 2nd Avenue, and fire crews spent between four and five hours at the building, Glasgow said.

The fire was contained to the suite of origin, and the male resident of that unit was transported to hospital.

Glasgow added the flames did not spread to the roof, but smoke and water damage occurred through the fourth floor, and the third floor also suffered water damage.

“All residents and pets were accounted for,” Glasgow said.

Residents of the fourth floor and third floors were displaced, and Emergency Support Services helped set them up in hotels.

Glasgow said that a fire investigation is ongoing and they have not yet confirmed where the fire started.

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A view of the smoke coming from Minerva Gardens building from the northwest. Facebook photo.

A view of the smoke coming from Minerva Gardens building from the northwest. Facebook photo.

Emergency Support Services helped set up the displaced third and fourth floor residents in hotels. Facebook photo.

Emergency Support Services helped set up the displaced third and fourth floor residents in hotels. Facebook photo.

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