(Facebook/Karen Ryman)

UPDATED: Crews battling fire near Edward Milne Community School

Sooke Fire, West Shore RCMP on scene

UPDATED: The smoke could be seen from across Sooke, but no one was hurt during a commercial fire Sunday night.

Emergency crews were called to a fully-involved fire near Edward Milne Community School at approximately 5:30 p.m. and arrived to find South Island Concrete fully engulfed in flames.

Sooke Fire Department responded and called in Metchosin, East Sooke and Otter Point fire crews for mutual aid. Sooke RCMP blocked off traffic to Edward Milne Road.

The South Island Concrete building and equipment like forklifts and bobcats was completely destroyed but no other buildings were damaged, thanks to a defensive line set up to protect the trees and the nearby school.

Sooke fire chief Kenn Mount said there are specific challenges to an industrial fire.

“There are unknown chemicals, hydraulic oil and acids and dyes for concrete forming,” he explained, adding that the extent of the fire and a number of small explosions made the operation a defensive one for fire crews.

The exact cause of the blaze is still under investigation.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


(Facebook/Erin Wolanski Boyle)

Just Posted

Port Alberni rallies for mill workers

Fundraisers helping ease the sting of five months without work

Dive team searching for missing Cowichan fisherman

Bill Court said family and friends are actively engaged in the search

Port Alberni cools its heels over ice plant, waits for manufacturer to arrive

Technical Safety BC angling for formal recommendations over ammonia leak

Bye bye Bei Bei: Giant panda born in U.S. zoo heads to China

Panda heads back to China as part of cooperative breeding program

B.C. to advocate for frustrated, confused, unhappy cellphone users, says premier

Maple Ridge New Democrat Bob D’Eith to advocate for more affordable and transparent cellphone options

Youth airlifted off Mount Tzouhalem after mountain biking accident

A boy was airlifted to hospital Saturday afternoon following an accident on… Continue reading

Cowichan students kept indoors as police search for man with knife

Staff initiated a Hold and Secure protocol at both Tansor Elementary and École Mount Prevost

Salvation Army kettle campaign targets $200,000 for Island residents in need

Goal is to raise $250,000 this year for Vancouver Island residents needing support

West Shore RCMP spend four hours searching for roving hikers

RCMP say stay put once you’ve called for help and listen to instructions

Body found in Central Saanich waste recycling facility deemed non-suspicious

Coroners Service investigating circumstances of death

B.C. man who killed Belgian tourist near Boston Bar gets life in prison, no parole until 2042

Sean McKenzie pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of 28-year-old Amelie Christelle Sakkalis

Most Read