Explosions rocked a rural neighbourhood north of Duncan early Thursday morning, shaking people awake as fire consumed a home.
The single father of three who lives inside was away receiving medical treatment in Vancouver at the time. So RCMP are investigating what triggered the massive blaze, that’s left that community on edge.
Bright flames consumed a century old home along Highway 18 north of Duncan early Thursday.
Lighting up the early morning sky and shaking neighbour John Dirom awake, worried the fire would soon spread to his property.
“We’ve been up all night watching for hotspots. Scary. Very scary,” says the North Cowichan man.
Flames were first spotted at 2 a.m. A motorist passing by on Highway 18, tells CHEK News he was initially afraid people were still inside as the home and several vehicles parked outside it, were rocked by explosions and engulfed in flames. Fortunately no one was. Neighbours say the single dad who lives here with his three kids, was away at the time, receiving medical treatment in Vancouver.
“I think he’s had a medical problem. Tough times. Yeah,” says John Dirom.
While it’s still early in the investigation RCMP are treating the fire as suspicious because just a few metres away and one week ago, the family’s shed was burned to the ground.
“The fire is being investigated and is going to be investigated by our office and by the fire department and all I can say about that is it’s still under investigation,” says Sgt. Chris Swain of Duncan/North Cowichan RCMP. “We are aware of another fire that was on the property within the last week or two. That is part of our investigation but I can’t comment on that as well. ”
Whatever the cause, neighbours are left feeling rattled.
Sweeping up the ash that’s rained down on their neighbourhood overnight, and left a single father’s homes in ruins.