Fire crews had a portion of Highway 19A in Qualicum Beach blocked off Monday night due to a structure fire. Firefighters had the fire contained within 15 minutes. — Photo submitted by Darryl Kohse

Qualicum Beach department responds to basement fire

Crews were assisted by Parksville, Coombs-Hilliers, Errington and Dashwood departments

A basement suite fire in Qualicum Beach was contained within minutes by personnel from Qualicum Beach Fire Department and four other departments Monday evening, Feb. 12.

Part of a basement suite of a two-storey home on the 3000 block of Highway 19A caught fire Monday night around 7 p.m., said Qualicum Beach fire chief Darryl Kohse. The QBFD had assistance from the Parksville, Coombs-Hilliers, Errington and Dashwood departments. RCMP, B.C. Ambulance Service and B.C. Hydro were also on scene.

No one was home at the time of the fire, Kohse said, and the department is still investigating the cause of the fire. Traffic on Highway 19A was re-routed for about an hour while firefighters worked at the scene.

Kohse said a neighbour had called in the fire and the department was at the scene within eight to 10 minutes of the call.

“Then, within 15 minutes, we had the fire under control which started in the suite down below,” Kohse told Black Press.

“It’s not suspicious,” he said. “It looks like something might have happened in the kitchen; maybe something was left on the stove, but we’re still not quite sure exactly at this time until we talk to the lady that lives there.”

Most of the damage, Kohse said, was contained to the suite’s kitchen.

According to a Facebook post, the departments spent “a good part of an hour overhauling the fire and putting out hotspots.”

Kohse said crews rerouted traffic around Laburnum Road and Crescent Road.

“We had to shut down the highway (19A) for about an hour because we had the fire hose going across the road,” he said.

Just Posted

Tom Petty tribute artist from Nanaimo to perform at the Queen’s

Dave Danylchuk is debuting new touring band Perfectly Petty this week

Nanaimo RCMP seek suspect after armed robbery of gas station

Alleged incident occurred Sunday night at Uplands Drive and Turner Road

Nanaimo school trustees will vote on pay increase

School district business committee recommends raise to offset new tax laws

Truck convoy honouring Nanaimo boy who died after being struck by vehicle

Trucks left from Victoria and others joined along the way up the Island

Nanaimo women look for forward steps at march

Nanaimo Women March On held downtown on Saturday

2-for-1: Total lunar eclipse comes with supermoon bonus

On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America

Woman offers luxury Alberta home for just $25 and a flair for the written word

Alla Wagner ran into health problems, which forced her to list the 5,000-square-foot estate at market value

46% of Canadians $200 or less away from financial insolvency: poll

45% cent of those surveyed say they will need to go further into debt to pay their living and family expenses

Vancouver Island to get its first publicly funded dementia village

Campus planned for Comox encourages independent activity, freedom to move

World economy forecast to slow in 2019 amid trade tensions

For Canada, the IMF’s estimate for growth in 2019 was 1.9 per cent, down from expected global growth of 3.5 per cent

Reflections of Ladysmith: The Art of Michael Dean

Work, place and people are inseparable for Vancouver Island painter

‘Gotti’ leads Razzie nominations, Trump up for worst actor

The nominations were announced on Monday, Jan. 21 with some movies earning up to six nominations

Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl, beat Chiefs 37-31 in OT

New England will meet L.A. Rams in NFL title game

Most Read