Crews from three departments struggled to get water to isolated property.
Firefighters from Sooke, Otter Point and Metchosin departments responded to a large stone home on Sooke River Road about 5 am Tuesday
They arrived to find the cedar shingle roof completely ablaze.
Officials say there were many of hidden spaces in the roof and they were challenged trying to extinguish hot spots.
The occupants managed to escape safely but the structure sustained significant fire and water damage on the top two floors.
Chris Wagner says, “I was interrupted in my shower by a neighbour who said my house was on fire, came outside and grabbed our stuff and got out and here we are.”
“It doesn’t appear to be suspicious,” according to Sooke Fire Chief Steve Sorensen, “I was talking to the home owner and it does appear that he was using his wood stove so that’s where we’ll start our investigation and see where that leads.
Chief Sorensen also says crews were very lucky there was no wind this morning as the area is heavily treed and interface fires are his biggest concern this time of year.
There is no word on the cost of the damage.