Flames destroy Shawnigan mobile home

Firefighters were able to prevent a blaze in the Shawnigan Lake Mobile Home Park on Monday morning from spreading, but the unit where it started sustained significant damage.

"They’re packed in pretty tight down there," Shawnigan fire chief Keith Shields noted. "Our guys did a good job knocking it down quick."

The fire started just before 11 a.m. in the park at the south end of Wallbank Road, less than a kilometre from the Shawnigan Lake Volunteer Fire Department station.

The flames were contained to the front half of the mobile home, where they destroyed much of the inside.

"There was structural damage and most of the contents were a loss," Shields said.

The back half of the home sustained heat and smoke damage.

Randy Anderson lives in the mobile home across the road and said he saw smoke billowing from the home and one wall engulfed in flames.

"It’s too bad," Anderson said. "My neighbour had some valuable antique furniture inside."

No one was injured in the fire.

The occupant had left home around 8:30 a.m., although he returned once he learned of the situation. Thirteen volunteer firefighters were on scene for two hours.

The cause remains under investigation. Shields said it did not appear suspicious.

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