On Tuesday January 19th at 11:38 hours, New Westminster police officers were on routine patrol in the Seven-Hundred Block of Fourth Street when they observed fire and smoke billowing from the windows of a residential home.
The officers immediately contacted police dispatched requesting Fire Services attend Code-Three.
Officers made efforts to gain entry into the residence but were driven back by heat and flames. New Westminster Fire Services arrived on scene within minutes.
Firefighter’s gained entry, while extinguishing the flames they searched for any inhabitants. Fortunately, there was not anyone in the residence however, rescue crew’s did locate a dog and cat. The cat had expired due to smoke inhalation but the dog was rescued and reportedly in good health.
The residence suffered significant fire damage and is not salvageable. Police officers have located the home owner and are conducting interviews with the homeowner and nearby residents. It is unknown at this time what the cause of the fire is, police and fire investigators continue their investigation. Updates will be provided as they become available.