Fire crews continue to hit hotspots at the Evergreen Mall in Sooke. The roof collapsed into the second floor of the building

Update: Arson suspected in Evergreen Mall fire in Sooke

The roof of a two-storey building in Evergreen Mall in Sooke has collapsed in a dramatic early morning fire that is a suspected arson.



The roof of a two-storey building in Evergreen Mall in Sooke has collapsed in a dramatic early morning fire that is a suspected arson.

Crews from six fire departments are moping up the blaze that has destroyed a Royal Bank and the second floor of the building, and badly damaged the Sooke News Mirror newspaper office and an insurance office in downtown Sooke. No injuries have been reported.

“The roof of the building is fully gone. Crews are still shooting hundreds of gallons of water on it,” Sooke News Mirror publisher Rod Sluggett said earlier this morning.

Sluggett said Sooke RCMP found a location at the back of the building thought to be the seat of an intentionally set fire. The fire started around 4:30 or 5 a.m. “It is definitely arson,” Sluggett said.

Sooke, Metchosin, Colwood, Langford, Otter Point and Shirley fire crews are on scene and the Highway 14 road outside the mall is closed to traffic.

The fire is under control but much of the building is destroyed or damaged from smoke and water.

More information to come. Check out the Sooke News Mirror Facebook page for more photos.

editor@saanichnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

Life-Altering experience

Six weeks that served to change their view of the world

Speculation tax forces sale of Oak Bay’s ‘Tulip House’

Bob and Jan Fleming selling their retirement home famous for its thousands of tulips

Mainly cloudy skies ahead for Friday

Plus a look ahead at your weekend

UPDATE: Father on trial for murder describes being ‘tackled’ and ‘stabbed’ in Oak Bay apartment

Oak Bay father takes stand in his defense for December 2017 deaths of young daughters

New dance studio opening in Saanich

Saturday’s grand opening of Arthur Murray Dance Centre will include free lessons and a cocktail party

Ethnic media aim to help maintain boost in voting by new Canadians

Statistics Canada says new Canadians made up about one-fifth of the voting population in 2016

Sooke’s Old-Fashioned Country Picnic set for Saturday

The free event combines music, kids activities, food and fun

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

Man at centre of dropped HIV-disclosure case sues province and 10 cops

Brian Carlisle of Abbotsford says Mission RCMP defamed him and were ‘negligent’ in their investigation

Striking Western Forest Products workers could lose benefits in September

Union, forest company at odds over Vancouver Island benefit payments as strike enters third month

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town rocked by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

Expanded support to help B.C. youth from care attend university still falling short

Inadequate support, limited awareness and eligibility restrictions some of the existing challenges

Most Read