For the second time in two weeks, a major fire has destroyed a home in Sooke.
Fire broke out at a log home near Whiffen Spit last night, but by the time crews arrived, it was already too late to save the cabin.
” There was fire out the roof, a portion had collapsed and there was fire coming out the window, spreading all directions,” said Sooke Fire Chief Steven Sorensen.
” I got out, took a look, and sure enough the flames were halfway up the tree there. It was pretty bright, I could feel the heat from the end of my lot there,” said neighbour Frank Planas.
Another neighbour saw the falling embers in her yard and made a move to save herself and her dogs.
“I ran back inside and got the dogs into the vehicle, and pulled an empty tote out and started putting stuff in it,” said neighbour Kimberly Timchuck who eventually stayed put after crews got the fire under control.
Now the focus turns to what started the fire.
The log cabin has been abandoned for years, and was also the scene of a fire in November of 2009.
Officials believe this latest blaze may have been deliberately set.
“This is definitely being looked at by ourselves and RCMP as a suspicious fire. there was no power to the building , it wasn’t occupied,” said Sorensen.
It’s the second major blaze in Sooke in two weeks.
On march 5th, crews responded to a fire at a home at Otter Point – a building which had also been set on fire in recent years.
At the time, officials believed there was nothing suspicious about the latest fire. Now, they’re not so sure.
“It just seems a little odd that in two weeks we had two fires in buildings that had been on fire before,” said Sorensen.
The March 5th fire is now also being treated as suspicious as investigators try to figure out if they have a fire bug on their hands in Sooke.