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Police Beat - Feb. 19

Early morning blaze. - Britt Santowski
Early morning blaze.
— image credit: Britt Santowski

Sooke saw two fires this week, one at the Shell gas station, and the other at Park Isle Marine.

The fire at the Shell station was set intentionally, and Sooke Fire Chief Steve Sorensen said there was a witness. The fire was quickly brought under control and the damage was limited to some melting of a garbage can. According to Staff Sergeant Steve Wright of the Sooke RCMP, that fire is still under investigation. If you have information, call 250-642-5241 or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

The fire at Park Isle Marine, according to Sorensen, started in a smaller sailboat and then spread to another boat and, eventually, the building. Ultimately, two boats were destroyed, a Coast Guard boat was badly damaged, and two boats received minor damage. The building also sustained damage, although it may be repairable.

A challenge in dealing with that fire was the absence of fire hydrants, and water had to be carried in. Salt water was used to supply the ladder truck. Salt water is a second choice as the salt is hard on the pumps and requires a lot of flushing after use.

Other fire stations came to assist, including Otter Point, East Sooke and Metchosin.

The causes for the other at the marina are as of yet unknown.

Chief Steve Sorensen said he has no reason to believe it was intentionally set.

Staff Sergeant Steve Wright said they have no reason to believe there is an arsonist in town.

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