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Cannabis, sports car, trailer cooked in Spectacle Lake fire

A cannabis grow-op, an Alfa Romeo sports car, a garage, and travel trailer were the casualties of Saturday’s mid-morning fire in the Spectacle Lake Trailer Park, Malahat’s fire chief said. Chief Rob Patterson noted he received minor injuries after being “tagged” by a truck at the scene attended by his crew backed by Mill Bay fire hall’s members. One of Patterson’s firefighters also suffered exhaustion during the blaze Patterson chalked to faulty wiring connected to the growing of about six marijuana plants. “There was lots of smoke and flame in the trees above the property. “I could definitely smell marijuana cooking off and I called the RCMP.” Shawnigan Lake Mounties found multiple “good-size plants” inside the garage, the chief said. “I lay the blame of this fire on the electrical of the illegal grow-op. It was unknown if charges were pending from the illegal pot plants, he said. Patterson was proud of firefighters’ fast response that saved the property’s singlewide mobile home. “We were paged out at 10:21 a.m. and on scene within three minutes. Patterson said his crew was shy of members during the blaze that left little more than sheet metal of the 30-year-old Alfa Romeo, and the 16-foot travel trailer. “We could have lost the house (mobile) but due to quick response time, we had it knocked down to manageable in about 15 minutes.”
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