No chickens were killed in a Monday afternoon blaze that spread from a backyard chicken coop to nearby shrubbery and vehicles. (Nina Grossman/News Staff) No chickens were killed in a Monday afternoon blaze that spread from a backyard chicken coop to nearby shrubbery and vehicles. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

No fowl play: Quadra Street chicken coop catches fire

Backyard fire destroys coop, damages nearby shrubs and vehicles

While the Victoria Fire Department worked to extinguish smouldering debris, a flock of chickens poke and peck through the rubble of what was once their backyard coop.

Fire crews were dispatched to the 500-block of Quadra Street around 12:20 p.m. after about six 9-1-1 calls came in about a structure fire. When crews arrived they found a chicken coop fully engulfed in flames, now spreading to nearby bushes and melting the metal of parked cars.

While the coop fire was quickly extinguished by crews, but all that remained was the wood frame, scraps of metal and some chicken wire.

READ ALSO: Victoria chicken coops can cause rat problems, but only for irresponsible owners

With the help of VicPD, crews blocked traffic on Quadra Street between Humboldt and Southgate Street while they worked to put out the blaze.Victoria Fire Department battalion chief Gord Taylor said all the chickens survived the fire.

“It seems that the chickens have all been accounted for so it seems that everything will be alright, it’s just the loss of the chicken coop and some vehicle damage,” he said.

A jeep parked near the coop caught fire and was badly damaged, Taylor said. “And then the shrubs caught fire, the fence caught fire…on the other side of the fence was another truck, so it was kind of a line of vehicles and fences that caught on fire.”

READ ALSO: B.C. couple goes on ‘chicken wrangling mission’ to give Lucky a new home

One neighbour went to hospital after obtaining minor burns while alerting and evacuating neighbours, but otherwise, there were no injuries.

Taylor said there was no indication of foul play and investigators are working to determine if a heat source in the chicken coop could have ignited the blaze.

“This doesn’t appear to be suspicious in any way at this time,” he said. “At this time it just appears to be accidental.”



nina.grossman@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

No chickens were killed in a Monday afternoon blaze that spread from a backyard chicken coop to nearby shrubbery and vehicles. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Fire crews are investigating a chicken coop fire that started in the backyard of a Quadra Street home Monday afternoon. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Fire crews extinguish hot spots remaining from a Monday afternoon blaze that spread from a backyard chicken coop to nearby shrubbery and vehicles. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Fire crews extinguish hot spots remaining from a Monday afternoon blaze that spread from a backyard chicken coop to nearby shrubbery and vehicles. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Just Posted

UPDATED: Man arrested on Richmond Avenue after standoff with police following ‘serious assault’

Police were called early Sunday morning following an assault in the building

Victoria harpist releases ‘old school’ jazz album, makes singing debut

Musician ‘blown away’ by reactions to her seventh album Songs From the Harp

WestShore Skatepark Coalition faces uphill battle as costs jump $166,000

‘It feels like a David and Goliath situation,’ says coalition member

Victoria’s Christmas bird count set to take flight

More volunteers needed on the West Shore for Dec. 14 count

Trees topped, greenery snatched from Saanich park

‘If everyone took one thing, there’d be nothing left,’ says president of park society

VIDEO: SNL skewers Trudeau’s mockery of Trump in high school cafeteria sketch

The three world leaders won’t let Trump sit at the cool kids’ table

Greater Victoria 2019 holiday craft fair roundup

Get a jump on your holiday shopping

B.C. universities post $340 million worth of surpluses thanks to international student tuition

Students call for spending as international enrolment produces huge surpluses at many universities

Conservatives urge Morneau to deliver ‘urgent’ fall economic update

Morneau says the first thing the Liberals plan to do is bring in their promised tax cut for the middle class

INFOGRAPHIC: How much money did your local university or college make last year?

B.C. university and colleges posted a combined $340 million surplus in 2018/19

B.C. creates $8.5M organization to improve safety for health care workers

Group will bring together unions, province, health care organizations

Kovrig clings to humour as ‘two Michaels’ near one year in Chinese prison

Their detention is widely viewed as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Chinese high-tech scion Meng Wanzhou

B.C. VIEWS: An engine that hums right along

First Nations are leading a new surge of investment in B.C.

Most Read