Police investigating fire that destroyed Cowichan Valley home

Officials still have no answers as to the cause of the massive blaze that destroyed a home on Highway 18, just north of Duncan

Officials still have no answers as to the cause of the massive blaze that destroyed a home on Highway 18, just north of Duncan, early last Friday morning.

Cpl. Krista Hobday, a spokeswoman for the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, said the cause of the fire is still under investigation and asked anyone who might have any information about the incident to contact the police at 250-748-5522.

More than 40 firefighters from three departments spent six hours putting out the blaze, which also destroyed three vehicles that were parked next to the home, estimated to be approximately 100 years old.

No one was home at the time, but it’s known that the single dad who lives in the home with his three children was away at the time of the fire receiving medical treatment in Vancouver.

Hobday said the resident of the home has been interviewed by police, and the investigation is continuing.

The RCMP are treating the fire as suspicious. The family’s shed was burned to the ground the week before.

A number of explosions occurred while firefighters were battling the blaze that were the result of small propane tanks and small appliances blowing up from the heat from the fire.

The house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived shortly after 2 a.m. on Friday.