Man, 70, dies following New Year's Eve house fire in East Vancouver

VANCOUVER — A 70-year-old man has died following a house fire on New Year's Eve in East Vancouver.

Matthew Trudeau, public information officer with the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, says crews were called to the home just before 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Trudeau says the man's spouse heard a loud noise -- which investigators believe was a window breaking from the heat -- and then ran upstairs, found smoke and flames, and called 911.

Firefighters found the man dead in the home.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Trudeau says it's not considered suspicious.

Trudeau says it appears smoke detectors in the house were not functioning.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 1, 2023

The Canadian Press