A Central Saanich fire fighter moves a hose at the scene of a house fire on Wallace Drive Tuesday morning. (Steven Heywood/News Staff)

Three people escape house fire in Saanichton

Family pet died in the blaze, no one else injured

Three people escaped a house fire on Wallace Drive in Saanichton on Tuesday morning just after 8 a.m., however one of the family’s cats died.

The house is home to four people, including an elderly woman and two older teens who were all home at the time. The owner of the house was at work at the time of the fire, according to Central Saanich Police and fire officials. He returned to the house and told officials that the house is insured.

No one was hurt in the fire. The family’s other pets, a dog and a fish, were unharmed.

An investigation is underway as to the cause of the blaze. Police reported that some of the residents stated there may have been a faulty lighter to blame, but the official cause has not yet been determined.

Central Saanich, Sidney and North Saanich fire crews were dispatched to the home under the three municipalities’ mutual aid agreement. Fire fighters found flames and smoke coming from an upper floor bedroom window, which had blown out. Fire fighters attacked the blaze quickly and were able to save most of the house’s contents, although they are reporting significant smoke and fire damage.

Central Saanich Assistant Fire Chief and scene commander Neal Widdifield said they were able to get to the fire fairly quickly and get it under control.

Traffic was diverted around a portion of Wallace Drive until around 9:30 a.m.

Just Posted

Alleged child abduction attempt in Langford a family issue, RCMP say

Const. Matt Baker with West Shore RCMP says parents should not worry

‘Spread love’: UVic Pride replaces white supremacy posters in Victoria

Around 50 people walked through downtown on Nov. 12 to share posters of love

Building permits up, but residential construction softening in Greater Victoria

Greater Victoria led the province in issuing new building permits in August

BC Ferries passengers wait to leave Vancouver Island after Remembrance Day

Traffic aboard BC Ferries slows after Remembrance Day long weekend

Feds kickstart Indigenous Guardians program with $5.7M in early funding

Part of $25M announcement from March to commit financial help for First Nations to remain stewards of their land

VIDEO: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

Racist slur cleaned off memorial at Qualicum First Nation graveyard

Site was hit by vandals on Friday; many immediately offered support and assistance

B.C.-based pot producer Tilray reports revenue surge, net loss

Company remains excited about ‘robust’ cannabis industry

Canada stands pat on Saudi arms sales, even after hearing Khashoggi tape

Khashoggi’s death at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul further strained Riyadh’s already difficult relationship with Ottawa

Vancouver Island leadfoot clocked doing 143 km/h in an 80 km/h zone

Driver issued $483 ticket, has vehicle impounded after pinging RCMP radar in Lantzville

Feds pledge money for young scientists, but funding for in-house research slips

Canada’s spending on science is up almost 10 per cent since the Liberals took office, but spending on in-house research is actually down

Disabled boy has ‘forgiven’ bullies who walked on him in stream, mom says

A Cape Breton teen who has cerebral palsy was told to lie in a stream as other kids walked over him

Letters shed light on state of mind of B.C. mom accused of daughter’s murder

Trial of South Surrey mother Lisa Batstone begins in BC Supreme Court

Vancouver man must pay $22,000 after breaking strata rules

Peter Gordon took his fight over his rented condo to the civil resolution tribunal, but lost

Most Read