News

Fire kills three people on Johnson Street in Victoria

Flowers of condolence lay in front of a home at 1320 Johnson St., the site of a fatal fire early Saturday morning. Two people died at the scene while a third died in hospital later that day. The fire was believed to have started from a smouldering sofa on the front porch. Firefighters heard that the sofa had caught fire earlier in the evening, but was extinguished. - Don Descoteau/News staff
Flowers of condolence lay in front of a home at 1320 Johnson St., the site of a fatal fire early Saturday morning. Two people died at the scene while a third died in hospital later that day. The fire was believed to have started from a smouldering sofa on the front porch. Firefighters heard that the sofa had caught fire earlier in the evening, but was extinguished.
— image credit: Don Descoteau/News staff

Three people are dead after an early morning house fire Saturday gutted one corner of a large rental home at 1320 Johnson St.

Names of the victims, two women and a man believed to be in their 20s, had not been released as of Sunday.

When the complement of 22 firefighters from the nearby Yates Street hall arrived on scene at about 4:40 a.m., the front porch was totally engulfed in flames and fire was lapping at the soffit vents at the front and rear of the home. Two vehicles parked in the driveway next to the home were also totally engulfed in flames.

The front door was open and flames reached inside the entrance and up the nearby stairwell. The victims were discovered later by firefighters who worked to knock back the fire.

The house was the site of a party on Friday night with a "a large number of guests" according to a Victoria fire department report.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Vegan travels the world for a good dish
 
Marigold customers show support for Sanchez
 
Coho are the fish to catch
Bear Buzz - October 1
 
Kasper to run for council
 
Smart meter holdout fees get interim approval
COASTAL LIVING: Chateau Wolff vineyard finds new owners
 
Cowichan libraries going electronic
 
The Week — Oct. 25: Exam is least of your worries

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 1 edition online now. Browse the archives.