Firefighters injured, cat dies in Langford house fire

Two firefighters were injured and a cat died at a Langford house fire Tuesday night.

No one was home when the Langford Fire Department arrived about 7:30 p.m. at a house on Prospector Way in the Florence Lake area. One of the injured firefighters is being treated for a knee injury, the other suffered a severed finger tendon.

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“It happens,” Langford Fire Chief Bob Beckett said of the injuries. “It’s dark, it’s raining, we’ve got a working structure fire and things can go sideways. We train hard, safety is paramount for us, but it’s a risky business.”

One of the injured men is a volunteer and will have to miss time at his regular job, Beckett said.

The cat, found alive inside the home, was assisted by both the firefighters and B.C. Ambulance paramedics but couldn’t be saved, Beckett said. An oxygen mask was used and resuscitation efforts were about to start when the animal died.

“While we were working on the cat, our dispatch was making arrangements to ensure that the vet was ready to receive the cat but, unfortunately, it passed in front of us,” Beckett said.

Fire investigators and the West Shore RCMP Major Crime Unit are investigating the blaze.

“At this point we’re looking at all options and ruling things out as we go,” said West Shore RCMP acting Sgt. Kathy Rochlitz. She said police are seeking witnesses or people with information about what happened.

Call West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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