‘It was loud and just really scary’: Neighbour describes harrowing escape

Five children narrowly escaped their flaming Port Moody home. Their father has been charged with arson in connection with the blaze. Photo by Jon Hernandez/CBC.

Five children narrowly escaped their flaming Port Moody home. Their father has been charged with arson in connection with the blaze. Photo by Jon Hernandez/CBC.

Kylie Schlotter was getting ready to go to a friend’s wedding when she noticed flames emerging from her neighbour’s home across the street. She knew there was a large family that lived inside.

“We saw two kids climb out through the window onto the roof,” she said. “Before we knew it, there were police cars coming, and the flames started to grow in a matter of seconds.”

Five children managed to escape their Port Moody home as the flames grew behind them. Their mother was taken to the hospital with severe burns but couldn’t be saved.

Their father has been charged with second-degree murder and two counts of arson. His identity and the details of the case are protected under a publication ban.

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About Jon Hernandez

Jon Hernandez is a Journalist, Tree Planter, and current student at UBC's Graduate School of Journalism. He holds a Bachelors of Arts from UBC Vancouver, and has worked for such publications as The Region and Sustainability Television. View all posts by Jon Hernandez

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