On July 30, 2013, the Sooke Fire Rescue Department responded to one of the largest structure fires in the District of Sooke in many years. Unfortunately, the fire has destroyed the workplaces of several major businesses.
On behalf of the District of Sooke and council, I extend our sincere wishes for a speedy restoration to the Royal Bank, HUB International - Barton Insurance, Carol Cave Dance Studio, Sooke News Mirror and Zycomp Systems Limited.
I would like to thank everyone who came to our aid that day.
Otter Point, East Sooke, Metchosin, Langford and Shirley fire departments and the
Sooke RCMP who continue to investigate the cause of the fire.
Also the Provincial Ambulance Service,
Mainroad Contracting and district staff for managing the detour of traffic from Sooke Road.
To all the businesses who offered the firefighters water, food and hot drinks, and people from all over Sooke who came to help in any way they could.
A special thanks to the firefighters. The majority of the approximately 45 firefighters and fire support workers there that day were volunteers. These volunteers are the ones who spend countless hours in practice each week preparing for something like this, so hats off and a big thank you from the community.
Mayor Wendal Milne