Sidney firefighters Monday afternoon quickly extinguished a dryer fire, whose cause remains under investigation.
Chief Brett Mikkelsen of the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department said the fire affected a gas-powered dryer. “The fire was largely contained to the appliance itself,” he said. “It is definitely charred and showing the effects of the fire on the exterior as well as the interior.”
With Sidney’s Community Safety Building just one block away from the site of the fire on Orchard Avenue, crews were able to respond quickly with a fire extinguisher and turn off the gas to the appliance, said Mikkelsen. “So we managed to mitigate it without even spraying any water inside or causing any damage from a client-service perspective. All things considered, it was a good and a quick response.”
It is not clear yet what caused the fire, said Mikkelsen, adding that the appliance’s vent might have played a role.
“We are not saying that definitely, but it needs to be investigated,” he said. “The main thing is that the residents (are OK) and damage is very, very minimal.”
It is not clear yet whether the owner of the home was doing laundry at the time of the fire.
“When we go there, they had tried to extinguish it as well and then we went in. Our first crews entered on self-contained breathing apparatus,” said Mikkelsen. “It was very smoky inside.”
Crews from Central Saanich and North Saanich provided coverage as per the auto-aid agreement linking the communities.
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