Man rescued from Burnaby duplex fire taken to hospital burn unit in very serious condition

Man rescued from Burnaby duplex fire taken to hospital burn unit in \very serious\ condition
Man pulled from duplex fire in Burnaby
A 55-year-old man suffered serious burns after flames broke out in a Burnaby duplex on Halloween evening .

Burnaby assistant fire Chief Stew Colbourne said crews were called to the home at 8166 16th Avenue around 5:30 p.m.

 A 55-year-old man caught in a Burnaby house fire on Halloween night died in hospital early Thursday morning despite dramatic attempts by local firefighters to save him.

“The highly skilled, highly trained crew first arriving was instrumental in a successful outcome in getting this patient out as quickly as possible,” Colbourne said.

  Crews responded to calls of smoke coming from a single-storey duplex at 8166 16th Ave. at about 5:30 p.m., according to assistant fire Chief Barry Mawhinney

He said firefighters performed first aid on the victim before handing him off to BC Ambulance Service paramedics, and added that the man was unconscious but breathing when taken to hospital.

  The fire is being investigated, but it isnt being deemed suspicious, and fire officials dont believe it was related to Halloween fireworks.

The other half of the duplex was not seriously damaged, but a family of five will be temporarily displaced, he said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but Colbourne said there is no early indication of suspicious circumstances or that Halloween fireworks were involved.

“It’s foggy generally, but there’s still some smoke coming out of the house, it’s pretty dark. It looks like they got the fire under control,” he tells NEWS 1130.

The man was rescued from the house and briefly stopped breathing, but crews were able to resuscitate him.

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“We saw the fire crews performing CPR on somebody by the looks of it,” he says. “Not sure what the result of that was.”