The Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization provided support services to four people after a fire early Thursday morning destroyed their home on the Saanich Peninsula.
Chief Kenn Mount of the Central Saanich Fire Department later said the house, located near Popeye Campground in the Jimmy Road area of the Tsawout First Nation neighborhood, was a total loss.
While paramedics attended to some people at the scene as firefighters battled the blaze, Mount was unable to report the extent of the injuries sustained. No injuries were reported among the multiple firefighters present.
Central Saanich fire crews responded at around 2:30 a.m. and were assisted by crews from the Sidney and North Saanich fire departments. Mount said crews finished putting out the blaze around 6 a.m.
“And then we only deal with the hot spots there,” he said. “It’s what I call a defensive shot. He was very involved in the whole house. Upon arrival, the crews discovered that the fire had already spread to the second floor of the house.
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“We had quite a few devices there and good support from our neighbors,” Mount said. “We are able to make a rapid attack with our initial unit there as quickly as possible. We also needed the support of several agencies (BC Ambulance, RCMP) and currently it is still under investigation. We still have teams on site responsible for fire surveillance. “
He expressed gratitude for the support of neighboring departments, “in case another incident occurs.”
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