The fire was put out at approximately 4:30 a.m. but a couple of engines and a full crew were on scene to monitor the site throughout the early morning hours, noted Metchosin Fire Chief Stephanie Dunlop. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Family dog missing after fire tears through Metchosin home

Firefighters continue to monitor for hot spots

Fire crews continue to monitor the site of a three-storey home in Metchosin after a fire tore through the structure late Thursday night.

The fire started at 9:45 p.m. and was contained to a single home in the Aquarius subdivision on Pegasus Way with 20 firefighters from Metchosin, Sooke, Otter Point and East Sooke extinguishing the blaze.

Metchosin Fire Chief Stephanie Dunlop said when crews arrived on scene, the incident commander did a full walk around the property first.

“Flames were licking out of the windows already,” Dunlop said. “(There was) lots of smoke and flame. There was a glow in the sky. You could see fire from all around.”

Dunlop reported that a neighbour initially saw smoke and flame and knocked on the door to notify the occupants but nobody was home. He ran around to the back side which was engulfed in flames so he called 911.

“By the time we were even notified there were flames coming through the window already,” Dunlop said.

READ ALSO: Soil recycling proponent weighs options for 50-hectare Metchosin parcel

The fire was put out at approximately 4:30 a.m. but a couple of engines and a full crew were on scene to monitor the site throughout the early morning hours, noted Metchosin Fire Chief Stephanie Dunlop.

A great worry to neighbours and those who could see the glow in the sky was the possibility of a brush fire, Dunlop noted.

“We did have a few small spot fires around but we actually designate a few people to keep an eye on that,” Dunlop said.

No one was home when the fire started but the family dog is missing. The house was gutted, said Dunlop.

On Friday morning, a smell of smoke still hung in the air near the home, which had been cordoned off with tape. Hot spots remained and smoke could be seen from small fires that were still burning.

The Metchosin Fire Department will spend Friday morning dousing hot spots and an investigation into the cause of the fire will begin when the building is deemed safe to enter.

About 25,000 gallons of water was used to put out the fire through the night.

The people living in the home were tenants who have a lot of family in the area, which they will be staying with. According to Dunlop they are quite distraught at this time.

READ ALSO: RCMP identifies persons of interest in murder of Metchosin man

She added the operation couldn’t have been as successful without the support of their mutual aid partners and the response agencies who were also on scene.



kendra.crighton@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Firefighters from Metchosin, Sooke, Otter Point and East Sooke departments responded to a structure fire in Aquarius subdivision on Pegasus way late Thursday night. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Just Posted

Furstenau accuses Horgan of politicizing new Cowichan hospital as premier makes Valley campaign stop

Premier suggests that new facility hinges on re-election of NDP government

Wildfire smoke expected to blanket Greater Victoria again

Conditions expected to worsen Wednesday afternoon but not approach levels reached a few weeks ago

Former Victoria Royals manager celebrates Stanley Cup win

Grant Armstrong is now an amateur scout with Tampa Bay Lightning

PHOTOS: Killer whales make rare visit into Ladysmith Harbour

Orca pod inspires some fine photography

Tofino considers beach fire ban after tumultuous summer

Fires popping up where they aren’t allowed, and not properly cared for where they are

105 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death as health officials urge B.C. to remember safety protocols

There are currently 1268 active cases, with 3,337 people under public health monitoring

Orange Shirt Day lessons of past in today’s classrooms

Phyllis Webstad, who attended St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School in British Columbia, is credited for creating the movement

Greens’ Furstenau fires at NDP, Liberals on pandemic recovery, sales tax promise

She also criticized the NDP economic recovery plan, arguing it abandons the tourism industry

Protesters blockade log-sort operation at Nanaimo’s Duke Point

Extinction Rebellion Nanaimo demands an end to all old-growth logging in B.C.

Float-plane crash near Oyster River leaves pilot injured

The plane crashed shortly after take-off from a private property and had no other passengers on board

U.S. Presidential Debate Takeaways: An acrid tone from the opening minute

Here are key takeaways from the first of three scheduled presidential debates before Election Day on Nov. 3

Sooke, Sidney businesses win top awards during the BC Food and Beverage Awards

Sheringham Distillery won Gold Award for Product of Year while Cascadia Seaweed won Innovation Award

Chorus expands online options to in-person rehearsal in Langford, Oak Bay

Free, non-auditioned SingYourJoy recruits those aged 16 to 29

Most Read