House fire in Sahtlam guts home

A Sahtlam man is homeless after fire gutted his log home Wednesday night at around 6 p.m.

Mike Lees, Sahtlam Volunteer Fire Hall’s former chief, drove one of the hall’s three rigs used to fight the blaze.

It had fully engulfed the home at Lake Cowichan and Hanks roads when firefighters arrived, he said.

Protective services is helping the homeowner whom Lees declined to name.

“It was an exterior attack,” Lees said, noting the 50-something owner arrived on scene during firefighting work by two- dozen Sahtlam members.

They were backed by a lighting truck sent by North Cowichan’s south-end hall.

Fire crews were on the damp, frigid scene until around 11 p.m.

There were no injuries to firefighters or the owner’s two dogs.

“Neighbours went to see if the dogs were OK and a firefighter kicked the door open and let them out,” Lees said of the spooked canines.

The inferno’s cause was still under investigation at press time.

The 40-year-old home sported a log bottom and A-frame top, Lees said.

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