Early-morning fire guts Duncan White Spot

Local Burger King manager organizing effort to get White Spot employees temporary jobs in other area restaurants.

Just before 5 a.m. Duncan Volunteer Fire Department was called out to its second structure fire in two days, this time at the Duncan White Spot on the corner of the Trans Canada Highway and Cowichan Way.

North Cowichan’s South End firefighters were called out for mutual aid.

Crews were still on scene at 8:15 a.m.

The restaurant is co-owned by Cowichan businessman Marty Goliath and prominent Duncan family, the Domans.

Burger King manager Tyler Scammell has offered to hire one or two White Spot staffers temporarily, until they get back on their feet or until a new White Spot is rebuilt.

“Of course. I’m good friends with Casey, over at McDonalds, he’s the manager there, as well as Graham at Dairy Queen and I also know the Original Joe’s right next to us is hiring,” Scammell said. “If any White Spot staff needs a job, if I can’t hire them myself I’ll be able to at least redirect them on where to go.”

Scammell said he has posted his offer on the Citizen’s site in the White Spot fire thread, as well as on his own page. Similar posts will go on Used Cowichan as well as a few other places as well, he said.

“These people just lost their jobs. A lot of them are working day to day, paycheque to paycheque,” he said. “I just want to help out.”

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

More information to come as it becomes available.