Family loses garage, workshop in blaze

No one was hurt, but a Chemainus family lost their garage and workshop after flames erupted on Sunday night.

"There were no injuries, and we’re insured," homeowner Brenda Allester confirmed. "Everybody is fine."

Allester and her husband were both home at the Chemainus Road residence at the time.

The Chemainus fire department was paged out just after 9 p.m. on Sunday, and found the detached building engulfed.

"When I pulled up it was a fully involved garage structure," Deputy Fire Chief Al Irwin said. "We put a lot of water on it and made it go away."

Firefighters had to break down walls and doors to get access to the flames, which were largely confined to the inside of the garage.

There were some concerns about tanks of oxyacetylene and propane both outside and inside. Irwin said they had already started to pop off when he arrived. The Chemainus fire department had 16 members on the scene for just over three hours. The Crofton department was called out for mutual aid, and did some traffic control.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.