A Christmas Day fire damaged a West Vancouver home, displacing a family of three and killing a pet cat.
The fire was reported at approximately 4:50 p.m. at a home in the 600 block of West 37th Street. According to the Vancouver Fire Department, the first engine to arrive located a small fire in a living area and firefighters were able to quickly extinguish it from the outside.
Firefighters then made entry and searched the house, but no one was home. A woman and two children younger than 10 live in the home. One of the family’s cats died; the other could not be located and may have escaped.
The entire house suffered smoke damage, temporarily displacing the family. The American Red Cross is providing assistance.
Six fire apparatus from Vancouver Fire and one from Clark County Fire District 6 were on scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s office.