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Lake Cowichan home hit with second fire in three weeks

Police and fire officials are investigating a second suspicious fire at 8001 Greendale Road in Lake Cowichan.

The second blaze struck a residence on the property Tuesday night, three weeks after a shed at the same address went up in flames, and a couple other homes were damaged.

“The lone occupant was able to escape the flames and injury through a ground-level window,” Cpl. Krista Hobday said of the Aug. 23 fire.

“He was treated for smoke inhalation and released.”

The property owner, meanwhile, resides in a separate residence on the site, and was not aware of the nearby fire until he saw the fire trucks arrive.

“A neighbour called 911, with the Lake Cowichan Volunteer Fire Department and RCMP responding,” Hobday said.

“The cause of the fire is yet unknown but is being treated as suspicious.”

Cpl. Warren Potter said Thursday morning there have been no arrests yet in connection with the two fires.

“We’re looking at a couple people — I don’t know if we’d consider them suspects at this point — but people are being interviewed,” he said.

“Both the fire marshall and the RCMP are continuing with their investigation with this incident and the previous fire, which gutted a large garage and damaged two residences on the property,” Hobday added.

Anyone with information regarding the suspicious fires is asked to call police at 250-749-6668, or place an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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