One person taken to hospital after fire at seniors’ living complex in Saanich

One person taken to hospital after fire at seniors' living complex in Saanich
Firefighter assessing damage of a suite at a seniors' living complex on Arrow Road in Saanich Friday night.

One person was taken to hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at the Mount Douglas Seniors Housing Society in Saanich.

Multiple fire crews were dispatched to the 1500-hundred block of Arrow Road, just west of University Heights Mall, around 4:45 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Upon arrival, firefighters saw heavy smoke coming from a ground-level suite, but officials say flames were put out quickly.

Before crews arrived, a neighbour sprung into action to help the suite’s tenant.

“I heard my friend Olga cry out, ‘help help, fire’ and it took a second then I realized that was her,” said Sandra, who lives in the building.

“And so I ran down the hall and she was coming out of her apartment which was pretty much fully engulfed. I told her to get out, I grabbed the fire extinguisher and I tried to put out the fire, but unfortunately it was, it was too much.

“It’s extensive damage in the suite of origin. It was confined to that single suite. And there was no extension to other units,” said Saanich Fire Ass’t Deputy Chief Rob Heppell

Residents were allowed to go back in after air quality was determined to be safe.

Saanich Fire is investigating what caused the blaze.

No other injuries are reported.


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