Victoria Police says there are no injuries after a tent fire erupted in Beacon Hill Park Thursday night.
Police and fire crews were called shortly after 7:30 p.m.
Teddy Jenner posted on Twitter a video of the fire, which showed the glow of flames coming from the park, along with smoke billowing into the sky.
Nearby trees caught fire, as well.
Well this was bound to happen. I truly hope nobody is hurt but that’s a lot of fire really quick. Notice the mini explosions. pic.twitter.com/e6NEZInPqg
— teddy jenner (@OffTheCrosseBar) January 22, 2021
Jenner noted the fire along the inner roadway of Beacon Hill Park was right across from a Victoria Fire hall, prompting a quick response.
Victoria Fire said the blaze was put out quickly and as of 10 p.m. Thursday, crews remained on the scene and an investigation is ongoing.
Loud bangs or explosions were also heard at the time the fire started.
Patrol officers are on scene in Beacon Hill Park with the Victoria Fire Department for a tent fire. No one has been injured. Traffic on Douglas St, near Toronto St and Michigan St, may be impacted. #yyj
— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) January 22, 2021
The fire is considered an accident, and it consumed all items in the tent.
“I just went over to girlfriends to change my jacket, I was on my way out. And I don’t know I had an old oil lamp going and hand sanitizer on fire and it must have fallen and hit something.” said the tent owner, identified as Max.
“Luckily we had a crew there that looked out, saw the fire going and responded with their ladder truck,” said Victoria Fire Acting Battalion Chief Jim McNeill.
“Tent was fully involved. All the stuff inside was involved, as well, about 25, maybe 30 feet in the air the flames.”
Outreach workers came by the park after the fire and dropped off a tent for Max, for shelter tonight.