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Sooke RCMP is investigating a series of suspicious fires in the downtown area. (Black Press Media file photo)

Arsonist on the loose: Four suspicious fires unsolved in Sooke

Sooke RCMP seeks information from public

Sooke RCMP is investigating a series of suspicious fires in the downtown area. (Black Press Media file photo)
A structure on Otter Point Road in Sooke is engulfed in flames early Wednesday morning. (Brenda Jordison/Facebook)

Firefighter injured in suspicious Sooke fire

Fire broke out Oct. 13 in old Mulligan’s Bar and Grill building

A structure on Otter Point Road in Sooke is engulfed in flames early Wednesday morning. (Brenda Jordison/Facebook)
Crews from North Saanich and Central Saanich assisted their colleagues from Sidney Volunteer Fire Department in responding to a fire at a thrift shop in Sidney. (Sidney Volunteer Fire Department/Twitter)

Fire in downtown Sidney causes minimal damage but offers timely reminder

Thrift shop fire started after flammable items were left near heat source

Crews from North Saanich and Central Saanich assisted their colleagues from Sidney Volunteer Fire Department in responding to a fire at a thrift shop in Sidney. (Sidney Volunteer Fire Department/Twitter)
North Saanich and Sidney firefighters responded to a possible chimney fire at the Island Nut Roastery on Mills Road shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Thursday (Oct. 7). (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Fire reports send crews to 2 Sidney businesses

Fires reported at Island Nut Roastery and Pizza Hut in Sidney Thursday (Oct. 7)

North Saanich and Sidney firefighters responded to a possible chimney fire at the Island Nut Roastery on Mills Road shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Thursday (Oct. 7). (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Saanich Fire Deputy Chief Frank Macdonald (left) and Chief Mike Burgess celebrate the latter’s retirement on Sept. 29. (Photo courtesy of Mike Burgess)

Saanich deputy fire chief celebrates his retirement after a 35-year career

Frank Macdonald began his career in 1988 and had been with the Saanich Fire Department since 1996

Saanich Fire Deputy Chief Frank Macdonald (left) and Chief Mike Burgess celebrate the latter’s retirement on Sept. 29. (Photo courtesy of Mike Burgess)
Colwood, View Royal and Langford fire crews all attended to a small structure fire at a Colwood home early Thursday (Sept. 30) morning. (Black Press Media file photo)

Early morning Colwood house fire brought quickly under control

Homeowners likely displaced for a day, Colwood Fire Rescue captain says

Colwood, View Royal and Langford fire crews all attended to a small structure fire at a Colwood home early Thursday (Sept. 30) morning. (Black Press Media file photo)
A fire-damaged mattress was passed through the window of a room at the Travelodge in Parksville on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. (Peter McCully photo)

1 person suffers burns, others evacuated after late-night blaze at Vancouver Island hotel

Parksville fire chief credits active and inspected sprinkler systems for limiting damage

A fire-damaged mattress was passed through the window of a room at the Travelodge in Parksville on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. (Peter McCully photo)
The 14-metre vessel fully engulfed in flames. (MARPAC photo)

Vessel catches fire and sinks off northern Vancouver Island, two passengers saved

A 14-metre vessel went up in the flames and sank off northern…

The 14-metre vessel fully engulfed in flames. (MARPAC photo)
Lieut.-Insp. Sean Lillis with the Saanich Fire Department aims to educate residents about fire safety during the upcoming Fire Prevention Week. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich Fire Department promotes the sounds of safety

Fire Prevention Week Oct. 3 to 9 will help residents avert fires and other hazards

Lieut.-Insp. Sean Lillis with the Saanich Fire Department aims to educate residents about fire safety during the upcoming Fire Prevention Week. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
An Aboyne Avenue home was significantly damaged by a fire Sept. 23, but no one was injured. (Courtesy Sidney Volunteer Fire Department)

No injuries in North Saanich residential fire Thursday night

Three fire departments responded shortly before 7 p.m.

An Aboyne Avenue home was significantly damaged by a fire Sept. 23, but no one was injured. (Courtesy Sidney Volunteer Fire Department)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews are battling a house fire on Estevan Road. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

City workers rush to help residents as firefighters respond to Nanaimo house fire

Emergency crews were called to the 1900 block of Estevan at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 22

Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews are battling a house fire on Estevan Road. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
The Department of National Defence is conducting controlled burns at Rocky Point until mid-October for the purpose of wildfire deterrence and creating military training grounds. (Google Maps)

DND doing controlled burns at Rocky Point in Metchosin

Work being done to create military training space, protect Garry oaks and mitigate wildfires

The Department of National Defence is conducting controlled burns at Rocky Point until mid-October for the purpose of wildfire deterrence and creating military training grounds. (Google Maps)
Saanich firefighters were called to the Gorge Waterway early Tuesday (Sept. 7) morning to extinguish a fire on a boat anchored just off shore. (Photo courtesy Saanich Fire Department)
Saanich firefighters were called to the Gorge Waterway early Tuesday (Sept. 7) morning to extinguish a fire on a boat anchored just off shore. (Photo courtesy Saanich Fire Department)
Malahat Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire involving two travel trailers and a pickup truck on Holker Place as drivers reported smoke the morning of Aug. 31. (Google Maps)

UPDATE: Firefighters ward off brush fire as 3 vehicles burn on Malahat

Malahat Fire Rescue salvages ashes of trailer resident’s mother’s from blaze

Malahat Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire involving two travel trailers and a pickup truck on Holker Place as drivers reported smoke the morning of Aug. 31. (Google Maps)
A Saanich home in the 100-block of Battleford Avenue suffered severe damage from an early Aug. 11 fire. The blaze is considered suspicious. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Saanich home fire considered suspicious, police unable to confirm all residents got out safely

Police presence around Battleford Avenue home continues, area likely taped off through Friday

A Saanich home in the 100-block of Battleford Avenue suffered severe damage from an early Aug. 11 fire. The blaze is considered suspicious. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Saanich firefighters responded to a large structure fire in the 100-block of Battleford Avenue shortly after 1 a.m. Aug. 11. (Courtesy Saanich Fire Department)

Overnight fire engulfs Saanich home

Investigators working to determine cause, extent of damage Wednesday morning

Saanich firefighters responded to a large structure fire in the 100-block of Battleford Avenue shortly after 1 a.m. Aug. 11. (Courtesy Saanich Fire Department)
Kenn Mount will be taking over as fire chief of Central Saanich beginning in September. (Photo by Tyler Cave Productions)

New recruit switches fire chief helmet from Sooke to Central Saanich come September

Kenn Mount has 16 years’ experience in the fire service, including four as chief in Sooke

Kenn Mount will be taking over as fire chief of Central Saanich beginning in September. (Photo by Tyler Cave Productions)
Victoria police are seeking witnesses and information as they investigate two suspicious dumpster fires found in Victoria early July 30. (Black Press Media file photo)

Dumpster fire witnesses sought by Victoria police

Two suspicious dumpster fires found early Friday morning

Victoria police are seeking witnesses and information as they investigate two suspicious dumpster fires found in Victoria early July 30. (Black Press Media file photo)
No arrests have been made following a string of dumpster fires that occurred in late June during the heatwave. Police remind residents to practice safety as another heatwave approaches. (Black Press Media file photo)

Still no arrests or suspects identified in series of Saanich dumpster fires

July arson free so far; high temperatures prompt police to remind residents to keep cool

No arrests have been made following a string of dumpster fires that occurred in late June during the heatwave. Police remind residents to practice safety as another heatwave approaches. (Black Press Media file photo)
A helicopter drops water on a fire at Gogo’s Christmas Tree Farm on Monday, July 26. (Photo courtesy Brian Irwin)

800 Christmas trees burn in fire at Nanaimo tree farm

Firefighting crews, including helicopters, battle fire all night

A helicopter drops water on a fire at Gogo’s Christmas Tree Farm on Monday, July 26. (Photo courtesy Brian Irwin)