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Firefighters arrive at the scene of a blaze on Grieve Road in North Cowichan on Christmas Day. The BC Coroners Service has confirmed that someone died in the fire. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Fatality confirmed in Christmas Day fire in North Cowichan

BC Coroners Service is investigating death in early-morning blaze

Firefighters arrive at the scene of a blaze on Grieve Road in North Cowichan on Christmas Day. The BC Coroners Service has confirmed that someone died in the fire. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Regional District of Nanaimo will form a fire services advisory committee consisting of area directors, fire chiefs from departments funded by the RDN and fire society executives from within the regional district. (News Bulletin file)

Regional District of Nanaimo forms fire services advisory committee

Stakeholders to form committee and establish terms of reference

Regional District of Nanaimo will form a fire services advisory committee consisting of area directors, fire chiefs from departments funded by the RDN and fire society executives from within the regional district. (News Bulletin file)
The Saanich Fire Department is calling for residents to be fire smart as they deck the halls for the holidays. (Black Press Media file photo)

Vancouver Island firefighters offer safety tips to avoid holiday fires

Candles, damaged lights, dry trees and smoking can all lead to house fires

The Saanich Fire Department is calling for residents to be fire smart as they deck the halls for the holidays. (Black Press Media file photo)
Police escorted residents of a homeless encampment on Wesley Street to and from the site to collect their belongings Thursday and Friday following a fire that destroyed several tents and ignited a number of propane tanks. The encampment has been permanently cleared and its residents dispersed. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Occupants of Nanaimo’s Wesley Street encampment offered support following fire and displacement

City of Nanaimo permanently clears homeless camp over ongoing safety concerns

Police escorted residents of a homeless encampment on Wesley Street to and from the site to collect their belongings Thursday and Friday following a fire that destroyed several tents and ignited a number of propane tanks. The encampment has been permanently cleared and its residents dispersed. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Camp residents were escorted by police into the camp and given about 10 to 15 minutes to gather their belongings and vacate the camp, which is now closed. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

City dismantling Wesley Street homeless encampment after fire

Fire broke out at about 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3

Camp residents were escorted by police into the camp and given about 10 to 15 minutes to gather their belongings and vacate the camp, which is now closed. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Crews fight a fire in a home on Wakesiah Avenue on Thursday afternoon. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Crews putting out fire in a house on Wakesiah Avenue in Nanaimo

Nanaimo Fire Rescue was called out at noon Thursday

Crews fight a fire in a home on Wakesiah Avenue on Thursday afternoon. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Firefighters try to put out a structure fire on the Island Highway in Nanoose Bay early Saturday morning. (Nanoose Bay Volunteer Fire Department photo)

Horses in nearby stable saved as building burns down in Nanoose Bay

Firefighters called out in the early-morning hours Saturday

Firefighters try to put out a structure fire on the Island Highway in Nanoose Bay early Saturday morning. (Nanoose Bay Volunteer Fire Department photo)
A structure fire on Herd Road Sunday night called for crews from three fire departments to battle the blaze. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A structure fire on Herd Road Sunday night called for crews from three fire departments to battle the blaze. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

UPDATE: Cowichan Valley egg farm cleaning up after devastating fire

Nearly 9,000 chickens killed in blaze at Farmer Ben’s

A structure fire on Herd Road Sunday night called for crews from three fire departments to battle the blaze. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A structure fire on Herd Road Sunday night called for crews from three fire departments to battle the blaze. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A structure fire on Herd Road Sunday night called for crews from three fire departments to battle the blaze. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A structure fire on Herd Road Sunday night called for crews from three fire departments to battle the blaze. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Fire claims chickens, barn at Farmer Ben’s egg farm in Cowichan

A firefighter from Maple Bay was the first to spot the blaze and called it in.

A structure fire on Herd Road Sunday night called for crews from three fire departments to battle the blaze. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A structure fire on Herd Road Sunday night called for crews from three fire departments to battle the blaze. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s 911 dispatch service to be contracted out next year

Costs to upgrade to digital-platform 911 too high to provide service cost-effectively, city says

Nanaimo Fire Rescue. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo RCMP are investigating two fires set in the stairwell of an apartment building after they were deemed suspicious by Nanaimo Fire Rescue. (Photo submitted)

Fires set in apartment building under investigation in Nanaimo

Paper set alight in apartment building stairwells being investigated as arson

Nanaimo RCMP are investigating two fires set in the stairwell of an apartment building after they were deemed suspicious by Nanaimo Fire Rescue. (Photo submitted)
Neighbours have set up a GoFundMe account to help Peter Colyn, whose trailer was severely damaged in a fire last month.(Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Neighbours rally to help Duncan man after trailer fire

GoFundMe account set up to help with clean-up and moving

Neighbours have set up a GoFundMe account to help Peter Colyn, whose trailer was severely damaged in a fire last month.(Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The Husky gas station on Terminal Avenue near downtown Nanaimo is behind caution tape and out of service following an early morning fire Tuesday, Oct. 6. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Early morning fire puts Nanaimo gas station out of service

Fire causes heavy damage to Husky gas station and convenience store near downtown Nanaimo

The Husky gas station on Terminal Avenue near downtown Nanaimo is behind caution tape and out of service following an early morning fire Tuesday, Oct. 6. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Umesh Lal, Nanaimo Fire Rescue fire prevention officer, says COVID-19 has kept more people at home, increasing the potential for kitchen fires. The fire department recommends several safety precautions. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Try to serve up fire safety in the kitchen during Fire Prevention Week

Cooking mishaps the leading cause of burns and structure fires

Umesh Lal, Nanaimo Fire Rescue fire prevention officer, says COVID-19 has kept more people at home, increasing the potential for kitchen fires. The fire department recommends several safety precautions. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue responded to a call of a structure fire on Barclay Road, off Labieux Road Saturday, Oct. 3. A mobile home is engulfed in flames, according to reports. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Mobile home burns down in Nanaimo

Barclay Road home was fully ablaze when firefighters arrived shortly after 5:30 p.m. Saturday

Nanaimo Fire Rescue responded to a call of a structure fire on Barclay Road, off Labieux Road Saturday, Oct. 3. A mobile home is engulfed in flames, according to reports. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
A Nanaimo man was sent to hospital Wednesday after suffering burns in an attempt to control a fire in a garden shed. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo man in hospital with burns after attempt to control shed fire

Milk crate ignited after blow torch used to light cigarette in Diver Lake area

A Nanaimo man was sent to hospital Wednesday after suffering burns in an attempt to control a fire in a garden shed. (News Bulletin file photo)
After testing, water near the site of the Schnitzer Steel Canada facility fire has been found to be safe for consumption, says Island Health. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

After testing, Island Health deems water safe around industrial fire site

Concerns about water quality arose after Sept. 10-11 fire at Schnitzer facility in Cassidy

After testing, water near the site of the Schnitzer Steel Canada facility fire has been found to be safe for consumption, says Island Health. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)
A motor home burning at the intersection of the old Island Highway, Rutherford Road and Mostar Road on Friday morning. (Jeff Lyle photo)

Motor home burns up at north Nanaimo intersection

No one hurt in incident Friday morning at old Island Highway, Rutherford Road and Mostar Road

A motor home burning at the intersection of the old Island Highway, Rutherford Road and Mostar Road on Friday morning. (Jeff Lyle photo)
Bob March, owner of Previously Enjoyed, walks through the charred remains of merchandise after his store was burned in a suspicious fire early Tuesday morning. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Arson suspected in fire that destroyed Nanaimo second-hand store

RCMP, Nanaimo Fire Rescue investigating early morning fire set at entrance of Townsite Road shop

Bob March, owner of Previously Enjoyed, walks through the charred remains of merchandise after his store was burned in a suspicious fire early Tuesday morning. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Fire are crews are on scene of a fire at Schnitzer Steel, south of Nanaimo. (Cole Schisler/Ladysmith Chronicle)

Fire crews on scene at scrapyard near Nanaimo Airport

Fire at Schnitzer Steel facility off Trans-Canada Highway

Fire are crews are on scene of a fire at Schnitzer Steel, south of Nanaimo. (Cole Schisler/Ladysmith Chronicle)