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Maple Ridge apartment fire leaves one person with life-threatening injuries

Fire blazed in a suite of the three-storey affordable housing complex

A structural fire in Maple Ridge Thursday evening had the RCMP closing down Dewdney Trunk Road both ways near the 22100-block.

Maple Ridge fire crew responded to reports of a structural just after 7 p.m. When the crews arrived, they found a working fire at the Devonshire Court Housing Co-operative. The fire was on the second floor of the three-storey building.

A total of 24 firefighters using six fire apparatus battled the fire and were able to quickly put it out, containing it to the suite where it originated. They then entered the houses for a search and located a woman in her 40s unconscious and not breathing. She was then brought outside and the crew administered CPR. She was rushed to the hospital in serious condition, as soon as the BC Ambulance personnel arrived.

The fire had the RCMP blocking off Dewdney Trunk Road, both ways, from 216th Street to 22nd Street, until the fire crew attended to the fire and conducted its investigation.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and an investigator would be by the scene on Friday morning.

The 47-unit building was damaged by fire back in April 2021, leaving 20 units damaged and 14 uninhabitable.

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Priyanka Ketkar

About the Author: Priyanka Ketkar

Priyanka Ketkar has been a journalist since 2011 with extensive experience in community-driven news writing, feature writing, and editing.
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