Minor fire at Sooke elementary draws huge response

The central control board for the furnace burned up, causing the alarm

Rick Stiebel

Sooke News Mirror

A minor incident at Sooke elementary school this afternoon drew a response from four fire departments.

Sooke Fire Rescue Chief Kenn Mount said the call regarding a fire at the school on Sooke Road came in shortly after 4 p.m. Because it came in as a commercial structural fire, standard practice is that other departments provide mutual aid, he explained.

East Sooke manned Station 2 while that crew was at the school, Otter Point helped with water and Metchosin responded as well.

Mount said the central control board for the furnace burned up, causing the alarm. Firefighters ensured the building was evacuated and turned power and electricity off before proceeding with efforts to air out the building.

Mount said it would be up to the school board to determine if there would be any changes to Friday’s school schedule.

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