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One dead in Saanich apartment fire

Fire broke out in 3200-block Cook Street Halloween night
One apartment unit in the 3200-block of Cook Street was heavily damaged by a deadly fire Halloween night. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

One person is dead following an apartment fire near the Victoria-Saanich border Sunday (Oct. 31) night.

The Saanich Fire Department responded to the reported blaze in the 3200-block of Cook Street just past 9:30 p.m. with three engines and 18 firefighters.

“It was fully involved in the one suite, with flames and smoke showing,” assistant deputy fire chief Trevor Stubbings said.

Crews were able to extinguish the flames and contain the majority of the damage to one of the apartment units, but not before one person died.

No other people were injured, according to the fire department. Stubbings said two other units were likely damaged. Investigation teams from the Saanich fire and police departments are returning to the scene Monday morning to assess damage and determine the cause.

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