UPDATED: Crews extinguish fire in Esquimalt apartment building

The Esquimalt Fire Rescue and Victoria police are currently on scene

One person was taken to hospital after emergency crews doused a structure fire in 1300-block of Esquimalt Road the evening of April 30.

Esquimalt Fire Rescue and CFB Esquimalt responded, with help from the Victoria Police Department for traffic control. Before the fire was put out, smoke could be seen billowing from a third-storey balcony.

Esquimalt Fire Chief Chris Jancowski said crews were notified of the blaze just before 7 p.m. Upon arrival there was heavy smoke and flames coming out of a third-floor unit.

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Crews mounted an “aggressive attack,” entering the building through the third-floor balcony and successfully controlling the fire within minutes of arrival. Jancowski said there was at least one person in the suite at the time of the fire, although the cause is unknown at this time.

“It’s not suspicious at this time, but an investigation is starting as I speak,” said Jancowski. One person was transported to hospital for smoke inhalation as a precaution and another person was treated on scene for a tripping injury.

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According to Jancowski all the contents of the affected suite have been damaged, along with the extensive smoke damage to one side of the building and water damage to the unit directly below the one where the fire took place. In total, six units in the apartment building were affected by the fire, another six units were not. Crews are hoping to maintain utilities in the unaffected suites so those residents can return to their homes later in the evening.

Residents living in the affected suites will be assessed by Esquimalt Emergency Social Services in order to find a place for them to stay.

Crews are expected to remain on scene for the next several hours. Traffic on Esquimalt Road between Constance Avenue and Sturdee Street was blocked in both directions between 7 p.m. and at least 8:30 p.m.



kendra.crighton@blackpress.ca

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