PORT COQUITLAM —It was a frantic scene for residents living in a quiet Port Coquitlam neighbourhood, after a three-alarm blaze ripped through a home early Monday morning.
Fire crews were called to the home on Wellington Street right around midnight after several residents and passersby noticed the fire and called 911.
Crews had the fire out within an hour, but not before it destroyed the top floor of the house.
There was no one inside the home at the time, though several cars were parked out front.
"It was a good-sized fire," said PoCo fire chief Nick Delmonico, adding the blaze collapsed the roof.
"We haven't been able to find anyone at this point, but the fact there are three cars parked in front concerned us as there might be someone there."
He noted that a good samaritan knocked on the door to alert anyone in the home before crews arrived.
The fire chief said the fire didn't appear suspicious, but investigators would be at the scene for some time in an effort to figure out what started the blaze.
The Ramsay family lives next door to the now burned out house.
A neighbour knocked on their door to alert them of the fire.
They quickly rushed outside and turned a hose on their own home to avoid any potential of the fire spreading.
"It's very scary," said Laura Ramsay told The NOW.
She described the people living in the home as a quiet couple in their mid-30s, but added she only met them once.
She also described a chaotic scene with several people calling 911 outside of the burning home, which is shrouded by large trees at the front of the property.
She also noted the fire trucks managed to make it to the fire within a short time.
Her mom Fay has been living next door for more than 30 years and noted the house was the scene of another fire a couple years ago under a different owner.
"Someone said it looked like they were renovating," Fay said.