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Family escapes Brentwood Bay fire; home destroyed

A family of four escaped without injury from an early-morning fire that destroyed their Brentwood Bay home Tuesday. The home was fully engulfed when Central Saanich volunteer firefighters and Central Saanich police arrived at 3:40 a.m.
Brentwood Bay fire
A fire destroyed this Brentwood Bay home on Kirstin Place at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. Photograph by Darren Stone, Times Colonist.

 

 

A family of four escaped without injury from an early-morning fire that destroyed their Brentwood Bay home Tuesday.

The home was fully engulfed when Central Saanich volunteer firefighters and Central Saanich police arrived at 3:40 a.m.

Firefighters suspect the fire broke out on the cedar back deck of the two-storey, split-level and single-car garage home on Kirstin Place at about 3:30 a.m.

Propane tanks helped fuel the fire, which spread rapidly to the upper floor of the house, Central Saanich fire chief Ron French said.

“The scale got quite large,” he said. “A lof of the fuel load was in the house and it got to the point where we couldn’t enter to get in and extinguish it. So it destroyed everything in the house and the house itself.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. It has not been deemed suspicious at this point, French said.

Twenty-four Central Saanich volunteer firefighters were assisted by members of Sidney and North Saanich fire departments.

No neighbouring houses were damaged and the fire was extinguished by 5:30 a.m.

Emergency support services attended the site and will give the family 72 hours of support.