Two people dead after Surrey house fire
CTV British Columbia
Published Sunday, September 15, 2013 1:59PM PDT
Last Updated Sunday, September 15, 2013 7:00PM PDT
Two people are dead after a fire broke out in a Surrey home early Sunday.
Intense flames prompted a two-alarm response to the blaze, in the 9400-block of 57 Avenue.
The fire was reported by neighbours and a taxi driver passing by the home at around 3 a.m., according to Surrey RCMP Insp. Bruce Stuart.
Police are not yet certain whether the fire was suspicious, Stuart said.
Neighbours in the area said the two occupants of the home were an elderly husband and wife that lived in the home for nearly 24 years.
Antonio Serra said he woke up in the middle of the night to loud noises.
“Someone screaming, and it seemed like kicking a door or kicking something,” he said. “So I come to the window, and I was looking and all of a sudden I saw the smoke. So I came here running.”
Serra and another neighbour, Greg Grabowski, said the man and woman who lived in the home were in their late 70s or early 80s.
They both said the elderly woman may not have been in good health.
Fire officials do not believe the fire to be suspicous. An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.
Meanwhile, neighbours are trying to make sense of the fatal blaze.
“You’re okay one minute and the next, gone,” Serra said. “It’s hard to believe still that they’re gone.”