More than 30 firefighters involved in battling blaze
An intense fire destroyed a Cowichan Bay home, and damaged another Thursday afternoon.
And it spread so quickly, there was little anyone could do.
The vacation home on Khenipsen Road, across from the town of Cowichan Bay is consumed with flames.
Next door, Mark Stuart heard someone outside.
“I came out of the door and saw a guy had taken this hose.
And was running up the street.
My first reaction was someone was stealing the hose.
I though, why would someone steal the hose?
But of course after I got outside, I looked up, saw this fire up in the sky.
And realized his house was on fire, and he was trying to scramble and figure out a way to put it out.”
But the fire proved to be too intense.
And they could only stand by and watch.
Emergency crews arrived, but by then the fire spread to a second home, presenting a challenge to firefighters according to North Cowichan Fire Chief Scott Henning.
“Steep banks are a challenge for our crews.
It’s all built on a hillside next to the ocean so it was a challenge to the crews to get into the structures.”
It took 35 firefighters to prevent the blaze from spreading to more homes.
They remained on scene for hours, putting out hot spots.
But 24 hours later, smoke still curls from the burnt out remains.
Stuart says the homeowner told him he was using rags soaked with linseed oil, which spontaneously ignited.
“He said it happened in like 90 seconds.
That the place went from a small fire that he thought he could stamp out with his feet, to the entire house.
In just ninety seconds.”
Smoke and fire damage to the second home is extensive.
But fortunately, no-one was injured in the fire.