A fire broke out in the roof of Living Room Pharmacy in Courtenay early Wednesday morning. Courtenay Fire Department Chief Don Bardonnex credited the sprinkler system for containing the fire to a small area until firefighters arrived to extinguish the flames. Photo by Terry Farrell

Fire breaks out at Vancouver Island pharmacy

Small Courtenay blaze confined to roof area

A fire in the roof of Living Room Pharmacy was quickly extinguished by Courtenay Fire Department.

There was nobody at the business when the fire broke out, at approximately 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“It started [around] the sign at the front of the building; there’s actually no damage inside the building, really,” said Living Room Pharmacy owner Greg Oksanen.

By the time the Courtenay Fire Department arrived, the business’s sprinkler system was fully activated.

“Absolutely – that’s what kept it in the location that it was at,” said Courtenay Fire Chief Don Bardonnex. “The fire was contained inside that peak point. The fire followed the wiring up over to the side, then ran up to the top, and went through the roof. That’s where it was when we arrived. The sprinkler system stopped it from spreading anywhere else.”

Bardonnex said the fire started in behind the sign itself, but the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Oksanen said he doesn’t expect the setback to affect business too much.

“We will have to mop up but we will deal with people who have to get a prescription today; otherwise we will ask them to come back tomorrow or the next day,” he said.

 

A fire broke out in the roof of Living Room Pharmacy in Courtenay early Wednesday morning. Courtenay Fire Department Chief Don Bardonnex credited the sprinkler system for containing the fire to a small area until firefighters arrived to extinguish the flames. Photo by Terry Farrell

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