Victoria Fire Department says fire near downtown not considered suspicious

Victoria Fire Department says fire near downtown not considered suspicious
Nicholas Pescod/CHEK
Firefighters responded to a blaze in Victoria West on Sunday evening.

The cause of a fire near downtown Victoria on Sunday night is unclear.

At around 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 9 firefighters with the Victoria Fire Department responded to a fire in a field located on the corner of Esquimalt Road and Harbour Road, near the Victoria BMW dealership and Shell gas station.

Flames and smoke could be seen by pedestrians walking along Wharf Street in downtown Victoria and a number of people were seen walking and running towards the fire scene.

The field where the fire occurred is located between Harbour Road and Tyee Road and is the site of Dockside Green, a proposed 1,200 unit development by Bosa Development.

In an e-mail to CHEK on Monday, the Victoria Fire Department said the cause of the fire remains unclear at this point but don’t believe whatever caused it was suspicious in nature.

“A thorough investigation of the area provided no evidence which could be directly linked to the cause. The fire cause is being classified as undetermined and the fire is not deemed to be suspicious in nature,” said Daniel Atkinson, deputy fire chief with the Victoria Fire Department.

The field fire comes less than a month after firefighters responded to a brush fire that occurred in the early evening hours in the nearby Kimta Road and Saghalie Road area on July 31.

Atkinson said there is no indication at this time that either fire are related.

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