No one was injured in a fire that destroyed one vehicle and damaged another in Oak Bay.
Crews from the Oak Bay Fire Department were called to the fire in the 2300-block of Pacific Avenue around 5 p.m. Monday, according to Dep. Fire Chief Roger Stewart.
“It was a fully-involved car fire. There was one primary vehicle, which was the one that was fully involved. And there was an exposure vehicle,” said Stewart.
“So a car parked directly in front of it, probably a foot and a half in front of it. That was damaged as well,” he told CHEK News in an interview.
The “primary vehicle” was a Kia, and the “exposure vehicle” was a Honda. Video posted to social media shows flames engulfing the Kia.
“Although the car was fully involved, the fire was quickly knocked down by our crews,” said Stewart.
Following the fire, someone posted to Facebook claiming the Kia was theirs.
“Today my 2023 Kia Sportage randomly combusted while parked. It had not been driven for 3 + hours. It was engulfed in flames within minutes,” they wrote.
“Luckily no one was in the car and we are all safe.”
Oak Bay Fire and Oak Bay Police are determining the cause of the fire, so Stewart says he can’t comment if it’s suspicious as an active investigation is underway.
The dep. fire chief says vehicle fires aren’t common in Oak Bay, adding, “I haven’t seen a trend, as far as car fires go.”
Now he’s reminding people to keep up with vehicle maintenance.
“It’s also important for the community to be vigilant and report these fires as quickly as possible,” said Stewart.