An early morning fire near the Saanich-Victoria border sent one person to hospital, as three pets perished in the blaze.
Saanich fire crews attended the 3200-block of Wetherby Rd., near Hillside Centre, around 4:30 a.m. on March 19 to find heavy black smoke and flames coming from the rear door and windows.
Three people in the home managed to escape and one was taken to hospital for smoke inhalation. Two cats and a bird were unable to be saved.
Damage to the home and contents is estimated at $150,000.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined and is under investigation.