House burns to ground in South Burnaby

One house was burnt to the ground and three others damaged after a two-alarm fire in South Burnaby's Buckingham neighbourhood early Wednesday morning.

Burnaby firefighters were called to 7525 Lambeth Dr. at about 6 a.m. and arrived to find the house, which was vacant and undergoing renovations, fully engulfed in flames.

"They couldn't save the original, it was too far gone, the flames were right through the house and it was pretty well collapsed, so they wanted to save the house next door," said assistant fire chief administration Tom Foreman.

The house next door at 7517 Lambeth Dr. was on fire on the roof and the side of the house. By the time firefighters had put out the blaze, there was "substantial damage" to the second floor, attic and roof, Foreman said.

The residents of that house had managed to escape before fire crews arrived. There were no injuries.

Two nearby homes, on Burris Street and on Malvern Avenue, also saw roof damage due to burning embers blowing onto their shake roofs, he said.

The original fire is believed to be suspicious and the investigation has since been turned over to Burnaby RCMP, Foreman said.

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