Eleven firefighters responded to the first call of the year in Hope. The crew, from left, were Gary Carter, Darron Harrison, Don Dale, Dave Hick, Ian Williams (kneeling), Sean Eldridge, Mike Bowcott, David Lane, Nolan Lothian, Thomas Cameron and Scott Medlock (not pictured). (Submitted photo)

Hope’s first fire of 2018 claims lives of two cats

The fire response involved five trucks and eleven firefighters

The residents of a Hope home which caught fire today are unharmed, yet two cats did not survive the blaze.

The first fire of 2018 in Hope started in Silver Creek, in a detached garage on 19585 Silver Hope Road.

Fire Hall Two Chief Ian Williams said the call came in before noon. All three Hope fire halls sent firefighters and vehicles, a total of five trucks and 11 firefighters were involved in the response.

No people were injured in the blaze, Williams said the owners were not home when the fire started as they were out for a birthday lunch for one of the residents. The pets left behind were not as fortunate.

“There were three kitties in there,” he said.

“As soon as I opened the door one cat came flying out and the other two were upstairs and they didn’t make it. It’s very unfortunate.”

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined but Williams said it could have been electrical.

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