A massive fire Sunday night near the University Heights Shopping Centre in Saanich led to
explosions, flames leaping 25 meters in the air and thick black smoke that could be seen for kilometres.
The fire started about 8:30 pm in a four townhouse construction site in the 4000 block of Cedar Hill Rd.
The area was evacuated, including a nearby Tim Hortons. Shelbourne and Cedar Hill Roads were closed for hours.
Victoria and Oak Bay Fire Departments were called in to assist the Saanich Fire Department.
Despite the intensity of the fire, crews had the blaze knocked down within an hour.
There were no reports of injuries.
An investigation is underway to determine how the fire started.
— Matthew Boyd (@mtthwbyd) May 23, 2016
Crews have fire knocked down at 4009, Cedar Hill Rd, continuing to knock down hot spots. pic.twitter.com/ZQ4z0a7N1r
— Saanich Fire (@SaanichFire) May 23, 2016