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Prince Rupert Fire Department called to kitchen fire on 8th Ave. West

As deputy fire chief Jeff Beckwith speaks with RCMP officers, fire crews spray down the roof of a multi-level residential building on 8th Ave. West. - Shaun Thomas photo
As deputy fire chief Jeff Beckwith speaks with RCMP officers, fire crews spray down the roof of a multi-level residential building on 8th Ave. West.
— image credit: Shaun Thomas photo

The Prince Rupert Fire Department was called out to a fire on 8th Ave. West in the late morning hours of Aug. 8.

"We responded to a call of a kitchen fire on the top floor. When we arrived we were told there may be people still on the middle floor, but we were able to confirm everyone was out of the building and there were no injuries," reported deputy fire chief Jeff Beckwith, noting the investigation is ongoing.

"It was a pretty quick put down, I'm really proud of how the guys handled it, but the top floor is a complete write-off."

This is the second kitchen fire for the department in the last three days, with a fire on Eagle Drive requiring the rescue of four individuals from an upper balcony while the flames were being doused.

"In terms of fire suppression and rescue response, it was picture perfect. The team did a great job," said Beckwith.

Look for more on this story in the Aug. 14 issue of the Northern View.

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