A woman was trapped in a garage when firefighters arrived; other residents suffered minor injuries trying to rescue her.

Share story

A woman suffered serious injuries and four other people were hurt in a Sunday morning house fire in east Vancouver, according to the Vancouver Fire Department.

Firefighters were called to the home shortly after 5 a.m., and arrived to find a house on fire. They quickly learned that a woman was trapped in the house’s garage, firefighter-paramedic Kevin Stromberg said. Other residents were outside the garage using tools to attempt to break through to the trapped woman, he said.

“We made entry into the garage by cutting the front garage door off,” Stromberg said. They found a young woman and a dog inside.

The woman was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Four other residents had minor injuries from trying to get into the garage, including some smoke inhalation and cuts, and three of them were transported to a hospital, Stromberg said. He did not know if the dog found inside the garage was injured.

Unlimited Digital Access. $1 for 4 weeks.

After the rescue, firefighters continued to attack the fire, having the blaze under control by about 5:25 a.m., Stromberg said. In all, 19 firefighters, four engines and one truck responded.

Fire marshals were called to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire. The American Red Cross also was dispatched to provide assistance to those displaced.