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Residents displaced as 4-storey Victoria building burns in ‘complex fire’

Several units damaged in 4-hour fire fight on Bay Street overnight

Emergency support services is offering assistance to several displaced residents after a complex residential building fire overnight in Victoria.

Fire crews were met with tall flames lapping from a top-floor balcony of a four-storey building when they were called out to the 600-block of Bay Street shortly after midnight on Feb. 14.

“This was an extremely complex fire that tested the skills of our firefighters and the leadership of our officers,” the department said in a detailed account online.

An exterior attack allowed for firefighters to battle the blaze from inside the building with the ladder truck crew simultaneously starting fire suppression on the roof.

Having deployed every resource the Victoria Fire Department had, Battalion Chief Todd Harris requested mutual aid from Saanich Fire who sent an additional engine company.

“After almost four hours, the fire was fully out. At this point, a call-in crew was brought in to stay with the scene overnight, and Victoria fire inspectors began the task of determining the cause and origin of the blaze,” the social media post reads.

Multiple apartments were involved, and the entire building was evacuated.

Victoria Fire Department’s Emergency Support Services brought in Transit buses to accommodate displaced residents.

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Christine van Reeuwyk

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I'm dedicated to serving the community of Oak Bay as a senior journalist with the Greater Victoria news team.
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