Elderly couple dead after Surrey fire 0
Surrey Fire Department investigate after two people died in house fire near 156th Street and 94A Avenue in Surrey, B.C. on Sunday Sept. 15, 2013. Police say the man and woman were an elderly couple and the fire is believed not to be suspicious. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
An overnight fire that engulfed a Surrey home early Sunday morning killed an elderly couple living inside.
Fire investigators were busy Sunday combing through the home to determine what caused the flames, though the fire doesn’t appear to be suspicious.
Surrey deputy fire chief Karen Fry said 911 calls were made around 3 a.m. for a fire at 157 Street and 94A Avenue. Firefighters removed the couple, but they were declared deceased at the scene.
Investigators are unclear about whether smoke alarms were installed and active within the home, but Fry said the tragedy is a reminder that the devices must be regularly checked and replaced every 10 years.
“The evidence and research we’ve done based out of Surrey and the university in the valley (says) that seniors are at a higher risk of succumbing to death and injury as a result of residential fires,” she said.
The couple’s identities have not been released pending next-of-kin notification.