WATCH: Neighbour comes to the rescue in co-op fire
A fire broke out at a Victoria co-op complex early this morning while most residents were sleeping.
“The flames were coming into my window,” says Jessica Leblanc who lives next door to where the fire started. “We got outside and it went up.”
The top floor of a unit in the Walker Street building was fully engulfed when fire crews arrived at 2:30 am.
“Looking in there now, the damage is quite extensive,” says Captain Brian Elvedahl from the Victoria Fire Department.
“There’s smoke damage, there’s water damage, and it stinks inside,” says Leblanc.
Everyone got out of the building safe, but those who were inside say things could have been worse if it weren’t for a brave neighbour.
“He rushed and grabbed a fire extinguisher, told his mother, called 911 and then burst into the house apparently and notified the occupants and started fighting the fire,” said Tyler Reidie, a neighbour who witnessed the fire.
“We had the option to get out, it could’ve been a lot worse,” Leblanc says.
Fire crews say no one was in the building by the time they arrived.
“Which is good because the conditions didn’t look very good in there,” says Captain Elvedahl.
Now, residents are dealing with some unexpected circumstances.
“We’re just trying to find somewhere to get our insurance under control and find somewhere to lay our heads tonight,” Leblanc says.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.