fire

A suspicious fire that heavily damaged a repair shop at Ajac’s Equipment on Cliff Street early Friday, June 4, is under investigation by Nanaimo RCMP. Cliff street, in downtown Nanaimo, has seen fires set recently in dumpsters and debris, including a fire started in a small pile of wood and debris between Ajac’s and a neighbouring business early Tuesday, June 8. Despite the damage from Friday’s fire Ajac’s has remained open. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Suspicious fires strike Nanaimo business twice in four days

Ajac’s Equipment hit by two fires. One caused serious damage. RCMP investigating

A suspicious fire that heavily damaged a repair shop at Ajac’s Equipment on Cliff Street early Friday, June 4, is under investigation by Nanaimo RCMP. Cliff street, in downtown Nanaimo, has seen fires set recently in dumpsters and debris, including a fire started in a small pile of wood and debris between Ajac’s and a neighbouring business early Tuesday, June 8. Despite the damage from Friday’s fire Ajac’s has remained open. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
The Windsor Plywood on Salt Spring Island has been destroyed by an early morning fire. (Mike Stefancsik/Facebook)

VIDEO: Fire destroys Salt Spring Island’s Windsor Plywood

Owners working to keep professional customers supplied

The Windsor Plywood on Salt Spring Island has been destroyed by an early morning fire. (Mike Stefancsik/Facebook)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue and RCMP are investigating six suspicious fires set around the city Tuesday, May 25, including a fire set in a dumpster next to a utility shed at the McDonald’s restaurant on Nicol Street shortly before 5 p.m. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo firefighters and RCMP called to 6 suspicious fires in one day

Fires in dumpsters and wooded areas Tuesday, May 25, under investigation

Nanaimo Fire Rescue and RCMP are investigating six suspicious fires set around the city Tuesday, May 25, including a fire set in a dumpster next to a utility shed at the McDonald’s restaurant on Nicol Street shortly before 5 p.m. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
A firefighter works to extinguish one of the boats in Tuesday night’s fire. Photo supplied by NC via Facebook

‘Like something out of an action movie,’ two boats burned in Vancouver Island fire

Bystanders in Campbell River helped prevent further damage

A firefighter works to extinguish one of the boats in Tuesday night’s fire. Photo supplied by NC via Facebook
Police in Nanaimo hope the public can identify a person of interest who was seen leaving the Dollarama store in Harewood shortly after a suspicious fire broke out March 29. (Photo submitted)

Police hope public can help identify person of interest in Nanaimo arson case

Nanaimo RCMP release photo of person of interest in Harewood Dollarama store arson

Police in Nanaimo hope the public can identify a person of interest who was seen leaving the Dollarama store in Harewood shortly after a suspicious fire broke out March 29. (Photo submitted)
Vancouver resident Angélica Vargas, 41, suffered third-degree burns to half her body after a candle lit a dress she was wearing on fire at a dinner party in November 2019. (Submitted)

‘I’m still alive’: B.C. burn survivor shares road to recovery after candle accident

For more than a year after her accident, Vancouver resident Angélica Vargas couldn’t look in the mirror. Now, she’s learning to accept her scars.

Vancouver resident Angélica Vargas, 41, suffered third-degree burns to half her body after a candle lit a dress she was wearing on fire at a dinner party in November 2019. (Submitted)
Firefighters and fire investigators from Nanaimo Fire Rescue sift through debris to determine the cause of a blaze that displaced three people and badly damaged a house in Nanaimo early Tuesday, May 4. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

UPDATE: Cigarettes sparked fire that ripped through house in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay area

Three people escaped blaze that caused parts of the home’s roof to collapse

Firefighters and fire investigators from Nanaimo Fire Rescue sift through debris to determine the cause of a blaze that displaced three people and badly damaged a house in Nanaimo early Tuesday, May 4. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
An air ambulance touched down at approximately 1 p.m. on Friday, April 23, along Laburnum Road in Qualicum Beach to retrieve a burn victim. (Michael Briones photo)

Air ambulance lands on Qualicum Beach road to lift badly burned man to hospital

Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department says fire started inside an RV

An air ambulance touched down at approximately 1 p.m. on Friday, April 23, along Laburnum Road in Qualicum Beach to retrieve a burn victim. (Michael Briones photo)
A downed power line has sparked a brush fire along Yellow Point Road south of Nanaimo. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)

Vancouver Islanders warned of fire risk caused by dry conditions

As dry spell poised to end, officials warn of risks involved with backyard burning

A downed power line has sparked a brush fire along Yellow Point Road south of Nanaimo. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)
Capt. Bryun Ashlie, left, and Lieut. Stu Kenning, of Nanaimo Fire Rescue, tackle fires burning in two shopping carts in St. George Ravine Park, Thursday afternoon. The cause of the fire, which destroyed both carts and their contents, is undetermined. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Shopping carts found burning in Nanaimo park

Firefighters douse flaming carts and contents on asphalt pathway

Capt. Bryun Ashlie, left, and Lieut. Stu Kenning, of Nanaimo Fire Rescue, tackle fires burning in two shopping carts in St. George Ravine Park, Thursday afternoon. The cause of the fire, which destroyed both carts and their contents, is undetermined. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue investigator Mark Jonah probes the scene of a blaze that destroyed two apartments on Sunday, April 18. The cause of the blaze has not been determined. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

UPDATE: RCMP say Wakesiah Avenue fire was arson, suspect has been arrested

35-year-old man arrested for allegedly starting fire lived in the complex

Nanaimo Fire Rescue investigator Mark Jonah probes the scene of a blaze that destroyed two apartments on Sunday, April 18. The cause of the blaze has not been determined. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Capt. Alan Millbank, head of Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s Fire and Loss Prevention Division, takes photos of the scene of a blaze that heavily damaged two apartments on Wakesiah Avenue on Sunday, April 18. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

UPDATE: RCMP make arrest in apartment arson fire

Fire destroyed ground-floor apartment, spread to second storey at Wakesiah Avenue complex

Capt. Alan Millbank, head of Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s Fire and Loss Prevention Division, takes photos of the scene of a blaze that heavily damaged two apartments on Wakesiah Avenue on Sunday, April 18. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Firefighters from Bow Horn Bay Volunteer Fire Department, Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department, Coombs-Hilliers Volunteer Fire Department and Qualicum Beach Fire Department responded to a three-structure fire along Spider Lake Road in Qualicum Beach on April 14, 2021. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Multiple ‘mini explosions’ reported as 4 departments battle blaze near Qualicum Beach

Three-structure fire breaks out on Spider Lake Road property

Firefighters from Bow Horn Bay Volunteer Fire Department, Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department, Coombs-Hilliers Volunteer Fire Department and Qualicum Beach Fire Department responded to a three-structure fire along Spider Lake Road in Qualicum Beach on April 14, 2021. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s two new pumper trucks, slated to be delivered in the fall, will have battery-powered idle-reduction technology. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo’s newest fire trucks will come with idle-reduction technology

Pumper trucks arriving from U.S.-based manufacturer will use battery power to save fuel

Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s two new pumper trucks, slated to be delivered in the fall, will have battery-powered idle-reduction technology. (News Bulletin file photo)
The Parksville Fire Department and Qualicum Beach Fire Department will not amalgamate. (PQB News file photo)

Plan to merge Parksville, Qualicum Beach fire departments jettisoned

Fire services review report released to the public

The Parksville Fire Department and Qualicum Beach Fire Department will not amalgamate. (PQB News file photo)
Firefighters, including those from Cranberry volunteer department, are battling a blaze in the Nanaimo River Road area. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Dwelling destroyed, two taken to hospital after Nanaimo River Road blaze

Firefighers arrived to find dwelling and garage fully engulfed in flame at property south of Nanaimo

Firefighters, including those from Cranberry volunteer department, are battling a blaze in the Nanaimo River Road area. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
The North Vancouver City Fire Department fights a fire at the Duke of Connaught Lodge No. 64 (North Vancouver Masonic Centre) at 1142 Lonsdale Ave on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (North Vancouver RCMP)
The North Vancouver City Fire Department fights a fire at the Duke of Connaught Lodge No. 64 (North Vancouver Masonic Centre) at 1142 Lonsdale Ave on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (North Vancouver RCMP)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews on scene at a fire at the Dollarama store on Bruce Avenue in Nanaimo. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

UPDATE: Fire at Dollarama was arson, says investigator

Fire was set about 8:50 p.m. on Monday at Bruce Avenue dollar store

Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews on scene at a fire at the Dollarama store on Bruce Avenue in Nanaimo. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
The driver of a semi-trailer walked away unscathed Tuesday morning after his truck burst into flames while driving down the Malahat. (Courtesy of Patrick O’Brien)

Driver unscathed after semi-trailer engulfed in flames on Malahat

Both southbound lanes reopened as of 1 p.m.

The driver of a semi-trailer walked away unscathed Tuesday morning after his truck burst into flames while driving down the Malahat. (Courtesy of Patrick O’Brien)
A suspected arson fire caused in excess of $100,000 damage in south Nanaimo on Tuesday, March 23. (Photo courtesy Clint Allen)

UPDATE: Homeowner frustrated after arsonist burns shed and vintage car in Nanaimo

27-year-old suspect with ‘significant mental health issues’ remained on scene, say RCMP

A suspected arson fire caused in excess of $100,000 damage in south Nanaimo on Tuesday, March 23. (Photo courtesy Clint Allen)