Sooke Fire Rescue at the scene of a fire in Sooke.

Fire rescue mops up after fire

Electrical panel thought to be cause of fire at home on Sooke Road

The Sooke Fire Rescue Service responded to a fire on the 5000-block of Sooke Road on July 7 at around 7:30 p.m.

The electrical panel in the home had caught fire, and began to creep up the wall. The residents put out a majority of the flames with a fire extinguisher.

“The house was filled with smoke, so we got the power shut off, put out the rest of the fire, and cleaned out the smoke,” said Fire Chief Steve Sorensen.

“They were certainly really lucky, if they hadn’t been home and if it had been at night, it would’ve been a whole other story.”

Sorensen advised residents to check their electrical panels periodically to check for loose connections and burnt wires.

“It’s not unusual over time, with the heating and cooling of electrical wires, that they loosen in the panel, and then you get an arc and away it goes.”

An electrical inspector has been called to investigate the cause of the fire.

Just Posted

Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson set to hit Rock the Shores stage

Other acts include Bahamas, Allen Stone and Bedouin Soundclash

Croatia loses in World Cup final, Victoria fans still jubilant

“We’re just a small little country, we only have 4.5 million people, and look how far we’ve come.”

Park ambassador pilot going well at Mount Doug

Dog poop bags, litter and cigarette butts among ongoing park issues

Victoria Police issue a public warning after a man was injured by a hidden syringe

Used syringes in discrete locations have caused injuries over the past year in Greater Victoria

VIDEO: Unique canvas for local artist

Haren Vakil brings joy and smiles to homeowners and passersby

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

5 things to do this weekend around Victoria

The sounds of summer Rock the Shores returns to the lower fields… Continue reading

B.C. VIEWS: Making private health care illegal again

Adrian Dix battles to maintain Cuba-style medical monopoly

Almost every part of Canada’s largest national park deteriorating: federal study

Drawing on decades of research — the report lists 50 pages of citations

Activists protest outside Kinder Morgan terminal in kayaks, canoes

Tsleil-Waututh elder Ta’ah Amy George led the water ceremony from a traditional Coast Salish canoe

Canadian soccer fans brace for World Cup final between France, Croatia

First ever final for the Croatians, while it’s France’s third, going into match as betting favourite

B.C. Lions claw their way back to score 20-17 victory over Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Bombers, who beat the Lions 41-19 last week in Edmonton, fell to 2-3 with the loss

High winds, lack of rain suggest no breaks in sight for B.C. wildfire season

There were 11 new wildfires across the province over 24 hours, BC Wildfire Service officials say

How to sponsor a refugee, global refugee situation only worsening

‘U.S. is no longer a safe place for refugees,’ says local MP

Most Read