West Shore RCMP say Colwood house fire is possible case of arson

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Mounties are investigating a fire that broke out at a Colwood home late Monday night as a possible arson.

First responders were called to a home on Betula Place at around 11:30 p.m. for multiple reports that a house was on fire.

When crews arrived, firefighters said they found one neighbour using his water hose to keep the flames under control.

Crews took over the fight and contained the blaze to the back of the house. Firefighters were also able to determine that no one was inside the structure.

“It was relatively minor in nature but due to the location and the time of year with the heat, it definitely provided some hazards with interface,” says Kyle Smith, Colwood Fire Investigator.

Smith added that if the fire were to spread any further they would have been dealing with a very dangerous, possibly tragic situation.

No one is believed to have been harmed during the incident at this time.

After the fire was contained, authorities determined it was suspicious in nature, and West Shore Mounties remained there Tuesday morning to investigate.

“If this had caught and spread we would be dealing with a very different, possibly tragic situation,” West Shore RCMP spokesperson Const. Meighan Massey said in a news release.

“It is due to the swift actions of the Colwood Fire Rescue Service that this did not spread and the neighbourhood remained safe.”

Police are now asking anyone with information on the suspicious fire to call them at 250-474-2264 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Hannah Lepine

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