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Cause under investigation after early morning Sidney structure fire

Three departments quickly douse blaze in Sidney industrial area
Crews from Sidney, Central Saanich and North Saanich fire departments douse a Sidney structure fire early Sunday morning. (Sidney Volunteer Fire Department/Twitter)

There were no injuries reported after three Peninsula fire departments were called out to an early Sunday morning fire in Sidney.

Firefighters were on scene quickly after a call to the area of Galaran Road and the Pat Bay Highway shortly after 1 a.m. on March 26, Sidney Fire Chief Brett Mikkelsen told the Peninsula News Review.

It’s not uncommon to get calls for fire or smoke along the bike path with people living or staying in the nearby brush, but when crews arrived, they quickly noted heavy smoke pouring from the roof line of a nearby warehouse.

Upgraded to a commercial structure fire call at Nicholson Manufacturing, it triggered automatic aid from the Central Saanich and North Saanich departments.

The quick response made a huge difference, Mikkelsen said. Sidney firefighters sourced the origin of the fire and contained it to the one room that was already fully ablaze. There was significant damage to that room but it was otherwise contained.

All in, more than 35 firefighters on six engines, a ladder truck and several equipment trucks responded.

“It was an excellent showing of response between the three fire departments,” Mikkelsen said.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation but does not appear suspicious.

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Christine van Reeuwyk

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Longtime journalist with the Greater Victoria news team.
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