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Derelict Mill Bay house reduced to ash

Fire engulfs a building on Butterfield Road in Mill Bay at about 2 a.m. Tuesday. - Ron Gibson
Fire engulfs a building on Butterfield Road in Mill Bay at about 2 a.m. Tuesday.
— image credit: Ron Gibson

A derelict house is ash after a suspicious fire Jan. 3, Mill Bay’s fire chief explained.

Ron Beck’s 15 firefighters, with mutual aid from Malahat hall’s crew, contained the colourful blaze in the Butterfield Road place Beck’s crew used for spring practise drills.

“The home was abandoned for a development in the Butterfield area, and it’s been abandoned for over a year.

“Somehow it ignited around 2:40 a.m. The cause is unknown and we can’t get in there because it’s too unsafe,” Beck said.

“We’d pretty much gutted it, and someone lit it — or transients were trying to keep warm — but it went up in flames.

At that time of the morning, you’d rather be sleeping.”

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