Two families displaced by Esquimalt fire

Two families have been displaced after a duplex fire in Esquimalt Tuesday afternoon.

Fire crews responded to the blaze on Glengarry Place around 4 p.m. and found flames and smoke on the front side of the house, said Esquimalt assistant fire chief Neal Widdifield.

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Everyone inside had escaped uninjured by the time firefighters arrived, he said.

Crews extinguished the flames quickly, Widdifield said, working first to hose down the flames outside before moving inside.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause, but there’s nothing to suggest at this point that it’s suspicious, he said.

The fire is believed to have started on the outside deck, which was damaged by the flames.

The downstairs unit of the duplex, home to three people, suffered mostly water damage. The upper unit, which is home to a family of four, was damaged by smoke, Widdifield said.

The building is being assessed for damage with insurance providers and the owner.

Both families were provided a three-night stay in a hotel by emergency support services immediately after the fire.

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