Langford brush fire quickly extinguished by firefighters

Langford brush fire quickly extinguished by firefighters

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A brush fire in Langford that destroyed a fence and approached townhouses was quickly extinguished by fire crews on Sunday afternoon.

The fire started behind a Walmart on Langford Parkway and spread across a grassy hill toward a house and a townhouse complex in the 2900-block of Phipps Road, said Brian Bell, captain of the fire department. The fire destroyed several sections of a fence between the townhouses and the house, and caused heat damage to a garden shed. Bell said one man suffered a minor burn trying to put the fire out before crews arrived.

Smoke from the fire filled multiple townhouses.

Langford Fire Rescue got the call just before 2 p.m. and called in crews from Colwood and View Royal to assist. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire within about 20 minutes of arriving, Bell said.

Investigators are working to determine what caused the fire.

Bell said it’s an important reminder to be fire-safety conscious.

“It’s warm and dry, and the breeze that we have is only drying things out,” he said. He urged people to dispose of cigarettes butts responsibly, as well as to clean out gutters and clear around their homes to prevent fires from spreading to property.

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