Campbell River Fire Chief Tom Doherty watches his crew tackle a blaze on Leed Road Tuesday night. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror

VIDEO: Fire crews battle large blaze at Campbell River home

Unofficial indication from the scene suggests everyone got out safely

Bright red and orange flames of a house fully engulfed in fire greeted firefighters arriving at the scene on Leed Road around 8:17 p.m. Tuesday.

The fire was spreading to a neighbouring house and “the large trees on the property were also starting to candle,” Fire Chief Tom Doherty said.

The homeowner met fire crews on the street and informed them that all four occupants of the house were out and it was determined that the single occupant of the neighbouring house was out as well.

There were “exposure problems” with the houses on the other two sides of the fire as well, Doherty said.

This was a particularly intense fire and firefighters immediately went into a defensive attack, meaning no one was sent into the structure and, instead, started working on the exposures on all three sides.

In the neighbouring, house, however, the fire had made its way into the attic so firefighters were sent in there to attack that situation.

“Fire got into the attic there so we were able to catch that before it destroyed the home,” Doherty said.

Fire investigators were back at the scene Wednesday to determine the cause and Doherty agreed it was an intense fire.

“It was going quick,” Doherty said.

The fire department got the first call at 8:12 p.m. and crews were on the scene in five minutes. By that time the fire was already fully involved.

The fire originated in the house and the investigation will be focusing on the carport and a backroom, Doherty said, but no cause has been determined yet.

The fire involved a full callout by the fire department with two engines, two aerial devices and a rescue truck.

“We were in good shape for staffing,” Doherty said.

Firefighters had the fire knocked down within an hour and then spent “quite some time” subduing hot spots and “doing some overhaul.”

All of the occupants are in the care of Emergency Social Services and both homeowners had insurance. No firefighters were injured fighting the blaze.

“No injuries, just tired,” Doherty said of his team.

He also had thoughts for the homeowners.

“It’s a sad thing to see somebody lose their home but the important thing is that nobody got hurt,” he said.

RELATED: Fire engulfs Salmon Point Restaurant and Pub south of Campbell River

RELATED: It went up ‘like a tinder box’ – Campbell River hotel fire witness


@AlstrT
editor@campbellrivermirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Nearly a dozen coonhound puppies and their mother to reunite at Saanich park

Dogs’ former foster family initiated one-year reunion plans

Trio brings roller skating fever to Greater Victoria

Roller Skate Victoria offers workshops, summer camps and more

Westin Bear Mountain hotel sold to local businessman and entrepreneur

Ecoasis will maintain responsibility of golf and tennis operations and developable lands

Central Saanich Fire Dept. now sun powered – good for budget and environment

Over production of power fed back to grid, results in credits over the winter

Riders roll to help Island hospices

$240,000 raised so far for this weekend’s seventh annual Cycle of Life Tour

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Body, burning truck found near northern B.C. town

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

UPDATE: West Kelowna fawn euthanized, not claimed by sanctuary

Gilbert the deer has been euthanized after a suitable home was not found in time

BC Wildfire Service warns wet weather no reason to be complacent

Fire risk currently low for much of B.C. compared to same time over last two years.

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

Port Hardy RCMP cleared in arrest that left man with broken ribs, punctured lung: IIO

The IIO noted the matter will not be referred to crown counsel for consideration of charges.

HISTORY: How a lighthouse came to Sooke

Elida Peers | Contributed Last week a young boy in a family… Continue reading

B.C. man pleads guilty in snake venom death of toddler

Plea comes more than five years after the incident in North Vancouver

Most Read