Photos: Michael Hill
A man suffered severe smoke inhalation while rescuing a dog from a house fire in View Royal late this afternoon.
It broke out in a 2-storey home on the 200-block of Suzanne Place at about 5:30 pm.
First due firefighters arrived within 3 minutes of multiple 911 calls to find fire venting out the rear window with heavy smoke billowing from the eaves and roof areas.
Fire crews from View Royal and Colwood responded.
View Royal Fire Chief Paul Hurst says when he arrived a man ran out of the home clutching a shih tzu.
He’d apparently gone into the house to try to put out the fire and rescue his pets but had inhaled a lot of smoke.
He was treated on scene and transported the Victoria General Hospital with smoke inhalation injuries by BC Ambulance Paramedics.
Chief Hurst says the man is lucky to be alive.
The shih tzu and another dog are reportedly doing fine.
The fire was contained to the room of origin, a back bedroom.
But there is a lot of smoke and heat damage to the house.
The cause is under investigation but the fire is not considered suspicious.