Chilliwack Fire Department responded to two fires on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (Progress file)

Chilliwack Fire Department battled two structure fires on Friday the 13th

Greenhouse fire had medical marijuana growing in it, house fire was up in Ryder Lake in Chilliwack

Friday the 13th proved to be an unlucky day in Chilliwack.

That day the Chilliwack Fire Department responded to two structure fires in the area.

The call for the first fire came in around 9:30 a.m. for a greenhouse fire in the 49000-block of Chilliwack Central Road which was home to some marijuana plants.

On arrival, fire crews saw heavy smoke showing from the rear of a single-storey greenhouse building and immediately determined the fire would be defensive and called for a second alarm. The greenhouse was used for storage of machinery and tools, plus a small section was occupied as medical marijuana grow operation.

Fire crews had difficulty trying to access the fire within the greenhouse. Once accessed, fire crews were able to ventilate and extinguish a small fire that was burning within the marijuana grow operation.

Then that afternoon around 3:30 p.m. crews were called to the second structure fire of the day, located in the 4700-block of Southside Road in the Ryder Lake area. On arrival, firefighters reported seeing smoke and flames from a front window of a three-storey residential home.

Again, fire crews immediately determined that the fire would be defensive in nature and called for a second alarm. At the initial stage the fire was stubborn to fight, yet fire crews battled the blaze, limiting damage to the interior of the home.

There were no civilian or fire fighter injuries from either fire. The cause of both blazes are still under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Department.

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