The lone occupant of a two-suite Saanich home escaped a fire Wednesday morning without injury.
The Saanich fire department responded to a burning house in the 3200 block of Cedar Hill Road, near North Dairy Road, at 4:30 a.m. Firefighters arrived to find flames at the rear of the house and the home’s sole occupant outside.
“It does appear the fire started on the outside of the house,” said battalion chief Joe Zsidi. The fire spread to the attic of the home but was extinguished before consuming the interior.
Zsidi said both suites had residents but only one was home. The lower-suite tenant was awakened by the sound of running water, “likely from plumbing melted in the heat,” Zsidi said. The tenant then noticed the fire and ran outside.
While the lower suite’s fire alarm was working, it was not set off because the fire was on the exterior of the home.
However, the upper suite’s two fire alarms were tested and discovered to be not working, Zsidi said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation but is not considered suspicious.
The damage to the home is estimated at $75,000.