Nanaimo heritage home destroyed by fire


WATCH: A Nanaimo heritage home dating back to the late 1800’s was destroyed last night. Fortunately the tenants were able to get out unharmed and firefighter’s were able to stop the fire from spreading to other nearby homes. Kendall Hanson reports on what happened and what was lost.

Nanaimo fire crews battled a difficult blaze that destroyed a home just before 2 a.m. Thursday morning.

A heavy blaze broke out near downtown Nanaimo in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The fire involved one house at 40 Robarts Street in Nanaimo and had crews working through the night.

Before the blaze fully engulfed the home, three of the home’s four residents, who were home at the time, were able to escape with no injuries.

The Nanaimo Fire Department responded to the heavy blaze in what deputy fire chief Tim Doyle categorized as a defensive effort. The fire was strong, and crews worked to contain it, and prevent it from spreading to neighbouring houses.

“Crews did a great job, it could have been considerably worse,” said Doyle.

The house where the fire originated is facing extensive damage. The Nanaimo Fire Department confirmed neighbouring houses have some smoke and water damage but are livable.

Photo submitted by Serge-danny Grekoff.

Photo submitted by Serge-danny Grekoff.

The origin and cause of the fire are under investigation but are not yet determined.


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