Smoke filled the sky in Masset last Tuesday as a home in the Delkatla subdivision was engulfed in flames.
While the evening fire completely destroyed the home, Masset fire chief Sylvan Daughert said it was only the structure that was harmed in the blaze.
“I am happy to report that there were no serious injuries, although one of our personnel had to be looked at by the BC Ambulance Service,” he said.
“The cause of the fire remains under investigation and I can’t say for certain what caused it … the homeowner did indicate, however, that it was a chimney or stove fire.”
Members of the Masset Volunteer Fire Department spent four and a half hours on scene fighting the fire but, in true Haida Gwaii fashion, others on the island were quick to offer help.
“The Masset Volunteer Fire Department is very grateful to the assistance of the Old Massett Fire Department. Their assistance was invaluable in this situation,” said Daughert, noting the damage could have been much worse if not for a quick response.
“We were very scared that the fire would extend beyond the one building because we are very limited about what we can do with the power on. BC Hydro were very quick to arrive at the scene and turn the power off … we were very fortunate to contain the fire to one structure.”
Despite being new on the job, Masset Mayor Andrew Merilees took to Twitter to thank Daughert and emergency personnel for their efforts.
“[Sylvan] has the job for less than a week and has already handled the largest fires in years,” he