Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Large Fire at Victoria-Area Townhouse Complex Deemed Suspicious: Police

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Large Fire at Victoria-Area Townhouse Complex Deemed Suspicious: Police

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Large fire near Victoria deemed suspicious

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SAANICH, B.C. - Police say a large fire that ripped through a Vancouver Island townhouse complex has been deemed suspicious.

The blaze broke out Sunday night in a development near the University Heights shopping mall in Saanich.

Sgt. Julie Fast with the Saanich Police Department said the fire is suspicious, and police and fire investigators are looking into the cause.

Fast said in a release that the fire was so intense that the siding on neighbouring homes was melted, a Saanich fire truck sustained heat damage and flying embers sparked small blazes in the area.

People living nearby the townhouse complex reported seeing high flames, and thick, billowing smoke. …

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