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Close call for View Royal home

View Royal firefighters clean up after a mattress fire in a house on Creed Road Friday afternoon.  - Sam Van Schie/News staff
View Royal firefighters clean up after a mattress fire in a house on Creed Road Friday afternoon.
— image credit: Sam Van Schie/News staff

Firefighters made quick work of a minor blaze inside a View Royal home Friday afternoon.

The fire sparked in a bedroom on the upper floor of a two-storey home on at the corner of Watkiss Way and Creed Road.

The lone man in the home at the time got out safely after trying to extinguish the fire himself. He was treated for smoke inhalation by BC Ambulance.

Fire crews from View Royal and Colwood were were called to the scene around 2:30 p.m. and had the fire out within two minutes — before it could cause much damage. The home had to be ventilated and a charred mattress removed, but View Royal Fire Chief Paul Hurst said there was no structural damage.

A total of 15 fire fighters, two fire engines, a ladder truck and a rescue vehicle responded between the two departments. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The View Royal department has been run off its feet responding to intentionally-set grass fires this week, so Hurst said it was fortunate resources were immediately available for the call.

"This is the kind of stuff we should be doing, not chasing grass fires," Hurst said.

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