Extensive smoke and water damage at Royal Oak home after fire engulfs roof


WATCH: Saanich firefighters were called to a Royal Oak home Monday afternoon after a fire broke out. Neighbours say they feared people were inside. 

Behind thick plumes of smoke, orange flames burst through shingles of a Royal Oak home Monday afternoon.

“All crews of Saanich were devoted to this call,” said Saanich Fire Department Chief Dan Wood.

A dozen firefighters were called to the property on Ridgewood Place around 1 p.m.

“I come running down and next thing you know there’s a lot of smoke coming out of the roof of this house,” said one neighbour,who added others rushed to the door after seeing a car in the driveway.

“Two guys were banging on the doors.”

“We put a search team searching a residential suite as well as the main floor of the home,” said Chief Wood, who said no one was home at the time of the fire.

Thanks to a quick response, nearby homes were spared.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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