Metchosin firefighters Madison Josephson and Matt Crawford spray down hot spots in a Metchosin Road shed fire. A tractor was destroyed in the blaze.

Sausage meat smoking was likely cause of shed fire

New tractor lost in Friday blaze on Metchosin Road

While the cause of a shed fire in Metchosin is still being officially confirmed, sausages are being credited for starting a blaze that completely destroyed the structure and the brand new tractor it contained.

Metchosin Fire Chief Stephanie Dunlop said the property owner had sausages in a smoker inside the shed near his home in the 3700-block of Metchosin Rd. when the fire started.

Emergency crews arrived on scene just after 3 p.m. on Friday and found the shed “fully engulfed with flames candling up a nearby tree,” according to Dunlop. Due to the recent rains, however, damage to the trees was limited to a few burned branches.

While it only took crews five minutes to reach the fire after the call came in, they could not save the structure, she added. “With today’s building materials a fire can double in size – under the right circumstances, every 30 seconds … people don’t realize that.”

The owner was fortunate the fire was in an outbuilding, Dunlop said. “The advantage of a shed is nine times out of 10, no one’s inside.”

Once fire crews confirmed that fact, they quickly contained the blaze and knocked down the flames, preventing flammable materials inside the shed, such as firewood, gasoline and other combustibles, from igniting further. Colwood firefighters assisted on scene with their tanker truck.

Just Posted

West Shore RCMP receives five cougar reports in two days in Colwood

Colwood and Sangster Elementary Schools taking precautions

Union, Labour Council mark Day of Mourning at Camosun College

Public ceremony at Lansdowne Campus set for April 26

French for the Future event to host 300 students in Victoria

Victoria event welcomes students from Greater Victoria and Vancouver

VIDEO: Large dust devil swirls through town in B.C.’s interior

Residents look on as column climbs about 90 feet into the air

Wanted by Crime Stoppers

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

POLL: Do you think the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris should be rebuilt?

Images of one of the word’s most iconic landmarks were seared into… Continue reading

Blaine, Wash. inn owner, charged with smuggling people into B.C., granted bail

Robert Joseph Boule ordered to turn away anyone indicating a plan to enter Canada illegally

RCMP arrest B.C. man following threatening Vaisakhi Facebook post

Post made reference to pressure cooker bomb at massive Surrey parade

Second dump site of Dungeness crab discovered in northern B.C.

DFO confident new site related to larger April 2 dump

Northern B.C. high school student reaches 100,000 followers on YouTube

Voice actor, animator, Jericho Fortune has more than 30-million views on his channel GTAGAMER222

University mourns student who died in B.C. canoeing accident

Andrew Milner, 19, was in his second year with the University of Calgary’s basketball program

Most Read