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Crews from three fire halls responded to a fire in an outbuilding at Cowichan Secondary School on Wednesday morning. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Fire crews put out blaze in Cowichan Secondary outbuilding

Three halls respond to fire in storage structure

Crews from three fire halls responded to a fire in an outbuilding at Cowichan Secondary School on Wednesday morning. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Fire are crews are on scene of a fire at Schnitzer Steel, south of Nanaimo. (Cole Schisler/Ladysmith Chronicle)

Fire crews on scene at scrapyard near mid-Vancouver Island airport

Fire at Schnitzer Steel facility off Trans-Canada Highway near Nanaimo and Ladysmith

Fire are crews are on scene of a fire at Schnitzer Steel, south of Nanaimo. (Cole Schisler/Ladysmith Chronicle)
Fire destroys house on Dingwall Street in Duncan
Fire destroys house on Dingwall Street in Duncan
Fire departments across the Valley have entered into a mutual-aid agreement. (File photo)

Valley fire departments enter into mutual-aid agreement

It’ the first time a single, regional agreement has been established

  • Jul 26, 2020
Fire departments across the Valley have entered into a mutual-aid agreement. (File photo)
Firefighters knock down a bush fire behind PrintCraft Sunday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Bush fire, tree fire keep firefighters busy

Duncan’s volunteer fire department was called out shortly before 12:30 p.m. Sunday…

Firefighters knock down a bush fire behind PrintCraft Sunday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Lieutenant Ron Suits was a firefighter with Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department for four and a half years until he died while working a fire on July 16, 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY SPROAT LAKE VFD)

Vancouver Island firefighters mourn one of their own

Volunteer firefighter Lt. Ron Suits remembered as one who loved to help others

Lieutenant Ron Suits was a firefighter with Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department for four and a half years until he died while working a fire on July 16, 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY SPROAT LAKE VFD)
Cherry Creek Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lucas Banton pours water on a barn fire on McCoy Lake Road on July 16, 2020. Crews from four fire departments in the Alberni Valley worked through the night to extinguish the fire, which caught in a hay barn at Tooth Acres, owned by retired dentist Dr. Fritz Zens. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Vancouver Island firefighter dies at scene of barn blaze

The volunteer firefighter suffered a medical emergency after arriving to assist

Cherry Creek Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lucas Banton pours water on a barn fire on McCoy Lake Road on July 16, 2020. Crews from four fire departments in the Alberni Valley worked through the night to extinguish the fire, which caught in a hay barn at Tooth Acres, owned by retired dentist Dr. Fritz Zens. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
All four Alberni Valley fire departments responded to a barn fire on McCoy Lake Road on Thursday, July 16. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Fire destroys barn at Vancouver Island hobby farm

Fire started while farmers at the farm west of Port Alberni were cutting hay

All four Alberni Valley fire departments responded to a barn fire on McCoy Lake Road on Thursday, July 16. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews are dealing with fire in the basement of the historic Bastion. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Suspicious fire quenched before reaching gunpowder in Nanaimo’s historic Bastion

Probe underway in basement blaze that erupted near where powder stored to fire signature cannons

Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews are dealing with fire in the basement of the historic Bastion. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
The aftermath of the structure fire in Qualicum Beach on June 30. (Qualicum Beach Fire Department photo)

Vancouver Island homeowner douses blaze with garden hose

Fire officials say man’s quick actions resulted in relatively minor damage

The aftermath of the structure fire in Qualicum Beach on June 30. (Qualicum Beach Fire Department photo)
Firefighters from the Duncan fire department clean up after a fire that destroyed a modular home on Glenora Road Tuesday afternoon. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

UPDATED: One injured in Glenora Road trailer fire

Firefighters from the Duncan fire hall were called to the blaze

Firefighters from the Duncan fire department clean up after a fire that destroyed a modular home on Glenora Road Tuesday afternoon. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Maple Ridge firefighters have a long track record of rescuing animals in distress. But on Sunday, June 14, 2020, they were called to something out of the ordinary – a report of a puppy trapped inside a couch. (file)

B.C. firefighters rescue puppy from inside couch (yes, inside)

It’s a first, deputy fire chief says

Maple Ridge firefighters have a long track record of rescuing animals in distress. But on Sunday, June 14, 2020, they were called to something out of the ordinary – a report of a puppy trapped inside a couch. (file)
Lake Cowichan firefighters douse blaze at Mayo Road

Lake Cowichan firefighters douse blaze at Mayo Road

Sahtlam called in for mutual aid in abandoned shop and motorhome

Lake Cowichan firefighters douse blaze at Mayo Road
Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters work the scene of a structure fire that injured multiple firefighters, according to a fire department spokesman, Saturday, May 16, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

12 Los Angeles firefighters recovering after explosion

All injured firefighters are expected to survive

Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters work the scene of a structure fire that injured multiple firefighters, according to a fire department spokesman, Saturday, May 16, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A large plume of smoke was spotted by the North Saanich marina on Sunday afternoon. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

One dead, two injured following a large fire at North Saanich Marina

One boat has sunk, nearby resident says they heard an explosion ‘sounding like a cannon’

A large plume of smoke was spotted by the North Saanich marina on Sunday afternoon. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue firefighters put out a fire inside the Circle K convenience store on Departure Bay Road on Saturday night. (Dylan Phillips photo)

Fire at Nanaimo convenience store starts after teen allegedly shoots flare at clerk

Incident happened just after 9 p.m. Saturday at Circle K on Departure Bay Road

Nanaimo Fire Rescue firefighters put out a fire inside the Circle K convenience store on Departure Bay Road on Saturday night. (Dylan Phillips photo)
The charred remnants of the San Group building on Nuupts’ ikapis Way. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Fire crews battle industrial fire at San Group construction site in Port Alberni

Four fire depts. called out to help extinguish blaze at remanufacturing plant

The charred remnants of the San Group building on Nuupts’ ikapis Way. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Ladysmith Fire Rescue battled the blaze and quickly doused the flames (Cole Schisler photo)

Crews put out semi-truck fire on the highway in Ladysmith

There was no cargo in the vehicle, and nobody was injured

Ladysmith Fire Rescue battled the blaze and quickly doused the flames (Cole Schisler photo)
Firefighters work to extinguish a fire on Waring Road in South Wellington, where a legal grow op burned up late Sunday and early Monday. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Legal grow op burns up overnight south of Nanaimo

VIDEO: Possible electrical malfunction destroys marijuana crop and equipment

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire on Waring Road in South Wellington, where a legal grow op burned up late Sunday and early Monday. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Firefighters work to put out an apartment building fire at the corner of Dogwood Street and 9th Avenue in Campbell River, B.C. on April 8, 2020. Photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror

VIDEO: Community rallies around Campbell River fire victims

Emergency Social Services volunteers logged over 100 hours in first day after fire

Firefighters work to put out an apartment building fire at the corner of Dogwood Street and 9th Avenue in Campbell River, B.C. on April 8, 2020. Photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror