Crews respond to a house fire on Linwood Avenue in Saanich the morning of Oct. 18. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Investigation into cause of Saanich structure fire underway

The Friday morning fire left contents of the home ‘beyond repair,’ says a Saanich firefighter

Investigation into the cause of the Friday morning house fire in Saanich is underway.

The Saanich Fire Department responded to the structure fire in the 3200-block of Linwood Avenue just before 8 a.m. on Friday morning with six vehicles and seventeen firefighter, noted Platoon Capt. David Elder, who was working on one of the ladder trucks that attended the scene.

The fire was stubborn and while crews were able to control it quickly, it continued to burn in the attic space for a long time, Elder explained. The fire took about three hours to extinguish.

RELATED: Explosion, fire sends woman running from Saanich home

Several neighbours noted hearing explosions as the house caught fire and Elder said this is common; as pressure builds up inside the home, the windows can break and let in gusts of air which can cause the “woosh or bang noise.”

Investigators have been inside the home in an effort to confirm the sequence of events and the origin of the fire. The cause of the structure fire has yet to be determined as investigations can take a long time, said Elder.

However, fire crews found no evidence of an actual explosion or any malfeasance on the property.

“We didn’t see anything at the house that gave us concern,” he said.

There was only person home during the fire and she managed to escape before the crews arrived. The fire department did not have updates on her condition, but confirmed she was taken to hospital.

READ ALSO: Jury out for deliberation in Esquimalt arson case

Little fires continued to burn inside the home throughout the day as pieces of drywall tumbled to the ground so onlookers may have seen smoke and steam billowing long after the fire was extinguished, Elder explained.

He noted that this wasn’t just a contents fire that could be extinguished inside. The contents of the home were beyond repair and it’s not likely that the structure can be fixed, he said.


@devonscarlett
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

devon.bidal@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

Sooke’s quest for a new library mired in delays and controversy

District now confident new page turned in planned construction of building

New, feature-length documentary on missing woman Emma Fillipoff comes out next year

The film follows Fillipoff’s disappearance and the ongoing investigation

Escaped Metchosin inmate sentenced to additional year tacked on to 14-year sentence

Man escaped from William Head Institution arrested days later in Esquimalt

Barbecue cooks up benefits for Movember foundation

Father’s battle with prostate cancer encourages Victoria man to support the cause

VIDEO: The sticky truth about winter moths and how Greater Victoria arborists fight them

Winter moths have ‘killed a lot of trees’ across the region, says Oak Bay arborist

12 Sooke events to get you into the holiday spirit

From a Santa parade to classicial music, Sooke has it all

UPDATED: Vancouver Island’s Joe gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog cruelty case

Melissa Tooshley expected in court on Thursday in same case

Nineteen boats carrying invasive mussels stopped at B.C. borders

Waters of Columbia-Shuswap still test mussel-free

Woman ‘horrified’ after being told to trek 200 kilometres home from Kamloops hospital

‘I can’t get from Kamloops back to 100 Mile House injured, confused… no shoes, no clothes whatsoever’

Canadian universities encourage exchange students in Hong Kong to head home

UBC said 11 of its 32 students completing programs in Hong Kong have already left

Midget no more: Sweeping division name changes coming to minor hockey in Canada

Alpha-numeric division names will be used for the 2020-2021 season and beyond

EDITORIAL: It’s time to face the truth on drug use

The homeless don’t own the drug epidemic

Most Read