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.

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

Just Posted

280-unit development in Lantzville will proceed to public hearing

Mayor says Clark/Medd properties affect municipality’s future

Nanaimo’s Bastion Street Bridge to close for repairs

Bridge linking downtown Nanaimo to Old City Quarter to close for 18 days to fix deck joints

Young killer whale untangles itself from trap line off Nanaimo’s Rocky Point

DFO marine mammal rescue unit was en route as whale broke free from prawn trap line

City of Nanaimo and RDN re-opening playgrounds

Playgrounds will be back open on Wednesday, June 3, with health guidelines in effect

B.C. records four new COVID-19 cases, Abbotsford hospital outbreak cleared

Four senior home outbreaks also declared over, eight still active

Bank of Canada keeps key interest rate target on hold at 0.25%

Central bank now expects GDP to decline between 10 and 20 per cent compared with the fourth quarter of 2019

Friendly Cove and Kyuquot will remain closed until further notice

Transition of other B.C. communities will be monitored before a decision to ease restrictions

Racist incident shocks Vancouver Island First Nation

Port Alberni RCMP investigating after video shows truck wheeling through Tseshaht territory

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Gold River organizes a shop local initiative to creatively boost economy

Local purchases can earn shoppers $200 gift certificates to be spent on businesses within Gold River

RCMP, coroner investigate murder-suicide on Salt Spring Island

Two dead, police say there is no risk to the public

B.C. schools see 30% of expected enrolment in schools as in-class teaching restarts amid pandemic

Education minister noted that in-class instruction remains optional

Trudeau avoids questions about anti-racism protesters dispersed for Trump photo-op

Prime minister says racism is an issue Canadians must tackle at home, too

Most Read