West Shore RCMP and the View Royal Fire Department responded to a brush fire on the Galloping Goose Regional Trail near Victoria General Hospital on Wednesday evening. (West Shore RCMP photo)

West Shore RCMP, View Royal Fire investigating suspicious brush fire near hospital

Investigators are seeking two possible witnesses to the Wednesday evening fire near VGH

West Shore RCMP and View Royal Fire Rescue are investigating the cause of a suspicious fire that took place on the Galloping Goose Regional Trail Wednesday evening.

At around 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 4, the West Shore RCMP attended a report of a brush fire on the Galloping Goose behind the Victoria General Hospital. The fire was south of the Helmcken Road overpass in View Royal.

READ ALSO: Spontaneous combustion causes Sunday morning fire in Colwood

While View Royal Fire Rescue was able to put out the fire, investigators are concerned because the fire was growing rapidly and could have affected homes in the area.

Police say the fire is suspicious.

Nancy Saggar, West Shore RCMP media relations officer, said police received information that two men in their early 20s on BMX bicycles appeared to be trying to put out the fire.

“These males left the scene prior to police arrival,” Saggar said. “We are asking these males to come forward and speak to police as they may have information regarding the fire investigation.”

READ ALSO: Grassfire threatens Sooke home

The men are described to be in their early 20s and riding BMX bicycles. One of them was wearing a blue shirt and they were last seen riding their bikes westbound on the Galloping Goose Trail away from the fire.

The current fire rating is high and with the hot and dry weather, police said Wednesday’s fire could have had a “disastrous outcome.”

Anyone with information on the fire or the two men are asked to contact West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Westshore RCMP

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Greater Victoria tourism industry ‘can’t wait any longer’ for financial aid

Saanich mayor, business owners call on provincial, federal governments for tourism-specific aid

Pauquachin First Nation calls on North Saanich to help restore shellfish in Coles Bay

The nation identifies ‘residential onsite septic systems’ as one of sources of contamination

COVID-19 demolishes new construction in Greater Victoria

Value of new building permits in Greater Victoria drop more than 37 per cent

Group desperate to find solution to wrecks lining shores of Cadboro Bay

Caddy Bay ‘a wild west’ without authority, say locals

Victoria police arrest two people during ‘tweet-a-long’ Strike Force operation

VicPD offering ‘behind the scenes’ look at the operation

22 new COVID-19 test-positives, one death following days of low case counts in B.C.

Health officials urged British Columbians to ‘stand together while staying apart’

POLL: Are you sending your children back to school this month?

Classrooms looked decidedly different when students headed back to school for the… Continue reading

Federal aid for care home systems needed ahead of second wave, advocates say

Ontario Long Term Care Association calling for more action

B.C. woman, 26, fatally shot by police in Edmundston, N.B.

Police were conducting a well-being check at the time of the incident

Horgan calls for national anti-racism program; will pitch idea to PM, premiers

Premier John Horgan said he’s horrified by the death of George Floyd in the United States

Chilliwack dad rescues two young daughters after truck plunges into lake

“I used every single one of my angels that day,” said Dennis Saulnier

VIDEO: Internal investigation into aggressive arrest by Kelowna Mountie

A video allegedly shows a Kelowna Mountie striking a man several times

John Horgan says COVID-19 restrictions won’t be eased regionally

B.C. Liberals urge ‘tailored’ response based on infections

Feds get failing grade for lack of action plan on anniversary of MMIWG report

‘Instead of a National Action Plan, we have been left with a Lack-of-Action Plan’

Most Read