Dustin Favelle (left) is being praised for his 'heroic actions.' Favelle saw smoke and flames coming out of a house on 196 Street on Tuesday afternoon and kicked in the door to make sure no one was inside. The fire is believed to have been started by a discarded cigarette in some bark mulch. Nobody was home but the fire caused significant damages.

Discarded cigarette blamed in house fire

Township of Langley, Surrey firefighters joined forces to battle blaze which may have been sparked in tinder-dry bark mulch

A cigarette discarded in bark mulch is likely to blame for a house fire that has caused a young family to lose their home on Tuesday afternoon.

Around 4:30 p.m., Township and Surrey fire crews arrived to find flames shooting out the roof of the home, located at 7260 196 St.

Township assistant fire chief Pat Walker said the quick and “heroic actions” of a neighbour should be noted. Dustin Favelle, 26, was returning home from work when he saw the smoke. He quickly went over to the house, which was one street over. That’s when he saw the smoke and flames.

Seeing several pairs of shoes outside the home, Favelle began pounding on the door. When no one answered, he kicked it in.

Another passerby also helped, he said.

The home was filled with smoke, but he didn’t see anyone so he closed the door behind him and waited for fire crews to arrive. The house’s occupants, including at least two young kids, weren’t home at the time of the blaze.

“It was also good thinking to close the door behind him to prevent a backdraft,” said Walker.

Walker said following 38 days of dry weather, landscaping is tinder dry.

“The fire started in bark mulch in the neighbouring walkway. That fire led to the cedar trees beside the home which went up like match sticks,” said Walker. The amount of heat caused the home’s vinyl siding to ignite, with the flames reaching into the attic.

The northwest corner of the roof was burned off and there is significant water damage to the inside of the home.

The heat from the fire also melted the vinyl siding of a neighbouring home.

Provincial Disaster Assistance staff were there and provided the family with accommodation.

Walker said fire crews had been to that neighbourhood last week because of a bark mulch fire caused by a cigarette.

Because it is a compact neighbourhood, the situation could have been worse, he added. But because the neighbourhood sits on the border of Langley and Surrey, both fire departments were able to extinguish it quickly.

Files from Times reporter Gary Ahuja

Just Posted

Toad tour comes up dry in Langley

Hot weather blamed for absence of toadlets near breeding area

VIDEO: History of Langley pioneer Philip Jackman comes alive in new novel

Book by Virginia Cooke details the life of Jackman, a Royal Engineer and Reeve of Langley

Trinity Western University players help Canada to second medal ever at Pan Am Cup

With the medal, Canadian team also qualifies for the 2019 Pan American Games

Aldergrove Fair Days gets ‘Down on the Farm’

Something for everyone at the 106th annual Aldergrove Fair

UPDATE: Strong showing by Langley Selects at 10-day tournament

Twelve teams competed in round-robin series

VIDEO: Visual recap of Vancouver Island MusicFest

Walk Off The Earth, Passenger, Arlo Guthrie among highlights

Temperature records break across southern B.C. as heat continues

Whistler broke a 70-year-old record high of 32.2 C with a temperature of 32.9 C

1 man missing after going over falls in Golden Ears Provincial Park

One got out after two went into water in park north of Maple Ridge

5 to start your day

Police seek teen after attack on elderly man, builder of new Pattullo Bridge to be chosen and more

Police seek teen after elderly man left with ‘life altering’ injuries

RCMP believe the male teen is a ‘person of interest’ in the case

Hawaii volcano boat tours continue after ‘lava bomb’ injuries

“An explosion occurred near the shoreline hurling hot lava rocks towards the boat and injuring several passengers.”

Trump returns from summit with Putin to forceful criticism

“Shameful,” ”disgraceful,” ”weak,” were a few of the comments. Makes the U.S. “look like a pushover,” said GOP Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee.

Obama to deliver Mandela address in likely rebuke to Trump

Former U.S. President Barack Obama Monday praised Kenya’s president and opposition leader for working together but said this East African country must do more to end corruption.

Most Read