Members of the Sooke RCMP responded to a call of two fatalities from a house fire on Cooper Mine Road in East Sooke early Saturday morning, November 1. The call came in about 4 a.m when a woman driving by saw flames coming from 1355 Copper Mine Road. She called 911 and the fire department responded almost immediately but it was too late for the residents of the home, reported to be Leonard and Brenda Grundy, who were 85 and 83 respectively.
RCMP say there is no evidence of foul play. Sooke detachment members are continuing to investigate and assist the BC Coronor and the BC Fire Commissioner.
The early morning fire brought out fire departments from East Sooke and Sooke, with about 30 volunteer firefighters battling the blaze. The fire is believed to have started in the living room.
The couple, originally from England, came to Canada 20 years ago and had spent 65 years of their life together.
The fire department recommends people check the batteries in their fire alarms by pressing the test button.