Campbell River’s fire chief is stressing the importance of having working smoke alarms in your home.

Thomas Doherty said no one was hurt after a Sunday morning house fire on Carnegie Street.

When crews arrived just after nine o’clock, smoke was coming out of the rancher-style home. 

“The occupant was very fortunate to escape,” Doherty said. “We discovered there were no working smoke alarms in the home at the time.”

It’s fire prevention week but as far as Doherty is concerned, fire prevention is 365 days a year.

“We encourage residents to check their smoke alarms monthly and if you have battery-operated alarms, make you change the batteries,” he said.  

Doherty said there were heavy smoke and fire damage to the kitchen, and that the resident has been displaced. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.