Investigators looking into cause of explosion at former Tally Ho Hotel

Faulty battery caused explosion

Fire investigators say a faulty battery being charged in a suite caused an explosion at the former Tally Ho Hotel on Tuesday.

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The battery was “unregulated” said Victoria Fire Department Deputy Chief Dan Atkinson. “It has been altered and changed from its original use,” he said. “Certainly, it appears to be accidental in nature, no malicious intent or anything like that, just a malfunctioning battery.”

One person was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries, he said.

Firefighters were called about 7 a.m. “When we arrived there was a window that had been visibly blown out,” Atkinson said.

The building is being used as a supportive-housing facility. Crews found the sprinkler system had extinguished the fire.

— Times Colonist

Elk unlawfully shot, officers say

Conservation officers are investigating after two Roosevelt elk were shot near the north Island community of Woss.

A notice of the killings was posted on Twitter this week by the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, which said the animals were “unlawfully shot.” The hunting season for roosevelt elk is in the fall.

The notice comes after the service asked for public help in its investigation of the illegal harvest of three Roosevelt elk on Lake Cowichan’s north shore.

Information can be given to the Report All Poachers and Polluters hotline at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277). — Times Colonist

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