UPDATED: Deceased man identified in Pitt Meadows house fire

 .  - Ashley Wadhwani/The TIMES
— image credit: Ashley Wadhwani/The TIMES

Firefighters found a 37-year-old man dead inside a burning home in Pitt Meadows late Tuesday afternoon, but were able to rescue two others.

Pitt Meadows fire crews received reports of the residential structure fire in the 19100 block of Mitchell Road just before 5 p.m., and crews arrived on scene to learn people were still inside the two-storey house.

Fire Chief Don Jolley said two children escaped unharmed while their grandparents suffered from smoke inhalation. Their grandfather was given oxygen on scene, and taken to hospital by paramedics with reports of first- and second-degree burns.

The children’s mother was away from the home at the time of the fire but has since returned.

He says there were smoke detectors and sprinklers in the home, but they weren’t working.

Jolley said the fire broke out in the downstairs bedroom, where the victim – an acquaintance of the family – was staying. He says the fire was contained to the one room.

The smoke was so thick in the house, said Jolley, that firefighters had a difficult time accessing the bedroom because of the zero visibility.

Ridge Meadows RCMP were also called in, and remained at the home through the night.

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died following the fire.

He was Christian Johan Serdar, aged 37, of Pitt Meadows.

As firefighters were extinguishing the blaze, they found Serdar, a resident of the home, in a ground-floor bedroom.

Serdar was deceased at the scene, and his family has been notified of his death.

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate this incident.

Investigators still do not know the cause of the fire.

• With a file from Tiffany Crawford and Canadian Press

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