A firefighter looks on at at the remains of a Metchosin home that went up in flames early Jan. 22.

UPDATE: Early morning blaze claims Metchosin home

Power lines down and road closed by Sooke Rd. blaze

A home in the 4100 block of Sooke Rd. was destroyed by fire following an early morning blaze Friday that completely engulfed the building.

A single resident and two dogs escaped the fire, but there was no saving the home.

“The house is a complete destruction,” said Metchosin Fire Chief Stephanie Dunlop. “(Even) power lines had burned through on the house and dropped across the road.”

Because there are no hydrants or public water along that section of the road, water had to be trucked in to fight the fire. Crews from the Langford and Sooke departments joined Metchosin to battle the blaze.

Once crews hit the fire with water it took approximately 30 minutes to extinguish the flames, Dunlop said. Firefighters remained on scene doing mop up and to keep watch for smoldering spots. “Most crews were out of here by  8 a.m.,” she said.

The call came in at approximately 5:16 a.m. and temporarily closed traffic on Sooke Road in both directions. Dunlop said the fire originated in the kitchen but the cause was still undetermined at the time of the Gazette’s print deadline.

“We wish to express our thanks to all of our mutual aid supporters, Sooke and Langford fire departments as well as B.C. Ambulance, RCMP and Mainroad (Contracting) for their assistance at this fire,” Dunlop said.

alim@goldstreamgazette.com