Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus exit Zin Sushi and Noodle at Langford Centre after a fire broke out between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m.

Fire breaks out at Langford sushi restaurant

A fire broke out between just before 8:20 a.m., June 20, at Zin Sushi and Noodle in Langford Centre

When Bonnie McCann arrived at Langford Centre to open up her flower shop Wednesday morning (June 20), she was greeted by a fire next door.

“The smoke was streaming out the back of the building and out the chimneys,” said McCann, who parked behind the building. “I didn’t open the door because it was hot.”

At 8:22 a.m., Langford Fire Recuse was called to Zin Sushi and Noodle, located in the mall on Goldstream Avenue. Fire crews from all three of the municipality’s fire stations arrived on scene with 16 firefighters.

“We knocked the fire out very quickly. The fire was contained to the unit of origin,” said Langford fire Chief Bob Beckett, adding neighbouring shops filled with smoke.

The owners of the sushi restaurant, Joshua and Helen Park, arrived around 8:45 a.m. They appeared distraught and declined to comment.

Nearby shops including Western Foods were evacuated.

“We had more staff than customers in the store (at the time),” said Josie Turner, Western Foods office manager. Around 8:30 a.m. Western Foods began to fill up with smoke, “I don’t think there is any damage but it smells really bad.”

The fire is currently under investigation.

charla@goldstreamgazette.com

Langford Centre shop fire history

In April 4, 2011, a fire gutted Salty’s Fish and Chips. The store didn’t have sprinklers and the fire was caused by “an electrical device placed near combustibles,” remembers Langford fire Chief Bob Beckett.

Bonnie McCann, owner of Every Blooming Thing Florist, located next to Zin Sushi and Noodle, has been displaced three times due to fires in the mall. Western Foods, which is on the other side of McCann’ shop, has had two fires in the past 15 years.

“I am right in the middle (of both stores) I get it every time,” McCann said, wiping tears from her face. “My store is full of smoke. It gets on all the products and I have to throw (them) away. You can’t sell stuff that smells of smoke.”

 

Just Posted

Overworked and understaffed: More than 300 vacancies in Vancouver Island nursing

Tentative deal with province includes ‘working short premium’ to encourage hiring

CRD committee proposes ending livestock payouts to farmers

The bylaw has existed since the creation of the CRD’s animal control service in 1979

Victoria city council seeks authority to tax empty homes

Council is asking the province for the authority to invoke a vacancy tax

Backyardigans, Max & Ruby stage shows add to Family Day in Sidney

Bodine Hall shows make room for kids to sing, dance, enjoy Family Day weekend

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes says municipality will re-group after Rowing Canada decision

Haynes said he is “quite disappointed” but also respects choice of North Cowichan as national centre

VIDEO: Excessive speed on the Malahat captured by dash cam footage

Poster calls driving ‘dangerous, obnoxious and disrespectful’

POLL: Should people have to license their cats?

The Victoria Natural History Society has sent letters to 13 municipalities in… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Jan. 15

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Vancouver Island photographer makes National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour for Marston from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

Most Read