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Update: No one hurt as flames claim Cowichan Lake Road home
Friday's fire in a Cowichan Lake Road home started in the carport, basically gutting the three-story abode as the family safely escaped, the assistant to the fire commissioner says.
"It was pretty well destroyed. Most of the roof was burned off," Rob Clark said of the 6:35 a.m. blaze at 4051 Cowichan Lake Road.
The inferno started in the carport, but its exact cause is unknown, he explained Tuesday.
"The fire originated in a single-bay carport attached to the north side of the house.
"Due to the extent of damage, we know where it started, but not how."
That carport was storage space for a raft of camping gear, paints, thinners and other items, he said.
Clark, and Sybille Sanderson of regional emergency services, said the home was insured and the family, whose named has not been released, is not seeking public help to replace belongings.
North Cowichan's south-end crew, backed by Sahtlam firefighters, battled the stubborn blaze fire for several hours.
It was believed the abode was covered with vinyl siding that melted under the intense heat.