An apartment owner in Coquitlam will likely be out of a home for a while after a two-alarm fire caused extensive damage to a suite Tuesday afternoon.
Fire crews were called to the first-floor suite at 401 Westview St. after noon, to a report of heavy smoke in the building.
Once inside, crews found a fire burning in the kitchen.
The blaze was quickly put out, but not before flames spread to another unit on the second floor. The second fire was also quickly extinguished.
"It was the fast, effective work of our crews that stopped it from extending any further," said Coquitlam Fire and Rescue assistant chief Greg Mayberry.
The apartment owner was not home at the time and no one was reported injured in the fire. However, several residents in a wing of the building were evacuated for a time while crews mopped up.
In all, four suites in the building, which was built in the 1960s, suffered damage, including two adjacent units that were harmed by smoke.
Mayberry said there was significant damage to the unit where the fire originated, pegging the cost at about $50,000. Emergency social services were called in to deal with affected homeowners and tenants in the building.
Though the fire is under investigation, Mayberry said it does not appear suspicious.