Suspect sought in View Royal brush fire

Fire believed to be intentionally set along trail near Victoria General Hospital

View Royal Fire Rescue and West Shore RCMP are searching for a man suspected of setting a brush fire Tuesday along the Galloping Goose Trail.

“Witnesses reported a man crouching down and doing something on the trail,” said View Royal Fire Rescue Chief Paul Hurst. Witnesses then saw nearby bushes catch fire as the man fled, he added. “It was actually a set fire.”

No description of the suspect was available.

View Royal fire crews were busy cleaning up from a structure fire earlier that evening when they received the call about 8 p.m. on the brush fire, which was found burning near the Trans-Canada Highway and Helmcken Road.

When crews arrived on scene they encountered a fire roughly 50 feet square on a trail near the Victoria General Hospital. Eight firefighters responded in two trucks and were able to quickly contain the blaze.

Hurst noted the area is still relatively green, which helped limit the spread of the fast-moving fire. If the area had been dry, he said, “it would have been a completely different fire.”

Since witnesses were unable to get a description of the suspect, police have had little to go on with their investigation at this time. Hurst asked anyone with information to contact the West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264.

“We’ll keep an eye on that area,” he added.

Fire crews are also asking the public to be extra vigilant this summer as the hot weather continues.

katie@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

New roadside testing device can’t identify drug impairment says Vancouver lawyer

Lawyer says similar devices vulnerable to court challenge, testing for drugs different to alcohol

BC Transit offers high school grads free bus rides

2019 grads can choose two days in June to ride for free

Village Block Party returns to Cook Street

Sunday’s event brings vendors, entertainment and coveted dog race to Victoria’s Cook Street

Thursday sees mix of sun and cloud, high of 22 C

Plus a look ahead at your weekend forecast

Greater Victoria residents among the most credit-worthy Canadians

Yet debt levels continue to rise as Canadians owe $178 for every $100 earned

Kelowna toddler suffers cracked skull after fall from balcony

Neighbour who found the two-year-old boy said he has a bump the size of a golf ball on his head

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

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

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

Crews fight fire with fire to keep blaze from northern Alberta town

The wildfire now covers some 920 square kilometres

Man in B.C. charged with murder and arson in 2016 New Brunswick death

He is charged in the death of 71-year-old Lucille Maltais, who was found inside a burned down home

Improve your life and theirs, adopt a cat from the BC SPCA

The BC SPCA holds an adult cat adoption promotion

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

Most Read