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Richmond house fire displaces 12 residents

Richmond Fire-Rescue received a report of a house fire sometime after 6 a.m. on Saturday morning
A community member spotted a house fire in the Bridgeport area on Saturday morning.

An early morning house fire has resulted in 12 people being displaced, but there were no injuries reported.

In an aerial photo posted by Twitter user Gus the Bus Driver (@busdriverlife) on Saturday morning, heavy smoke could be seen spreading to neighbouring areas near Bridgeport Road.

Richmond Fire-Rescue acting deputy chief Grant Wyenberg confirmed with the Richmond News that crews responded to a fire on Oldfield Avenue near Cambie Road sometime after 6 a.m.

The house was an "older style" house and smoke and flames were visible when crews arrived.

The fire was put out in about three hours, which included a search of the premises, sifting through the debris and putting out fires, Wyenberg explained.

Since then, the fire investigator has completed his initial investigation but has yet to determine the cause of the fire. He is expected to come to a conclusion sometime next week.

Wyenberg added that the public is encouraged to always call 911 when they see smoke or fire.

"As we approach the spring season, grass and wildland fires are a greater threat to the public and can escalate quickly. We would ask that all people practice fire safety when outdoors," he said.

More information about fire safety is available on Richmond Fire-Rescue's website.