Multiple departments responded to a significant structure fire in a mobile home park on Middle Road late Tuesday night. (View Royal Fire Department)

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A significant structure fire in the mobile home park on Middle Road has left a number of residents without a place to stay, at least for one night.

Fire crews from View Royal, Colwood and Esquimalt battled the blaze with 39 firefighters in total. When they arrived two homes were well-involved in fire with initial reports of people trapped inside and jumping out windows, according to Fire Chief Paul Hurst of View Royal Fire Rescue.

“Units were entered and searched under rapidly deteriorating conditions by View Royal Engine and Ladder crews and confirmed no persons trapped, all occupants accounted for.”

Josh Hughes said he heard an explosion sometime after 11 p.m. Tuesday. A short time after that a neighbour knocked on his door, telling him and his family to get out.

The home next to his was partially on fire while another was fully engulfed.

The View Royal, Colwood and Esquimalt fire departments responded with multiple trucks while neighbouring departments were put on standby.

The fire was under control at around midnight but crews were on scene well into the early hours of Wednesday morning.

BC Ambulance Service, West Shore RCMP and BC Hydro were also called to the scene, and Middle Road was closed to the public. Crews were working to find emergency housing for residents.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time and it is under investigation by the View Royal Fire Rescue and the RCMP.

No injuries have been reported.


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Multiple departments responded to a significant structure fire in a mobile home park on Middle Road late Tuesday night. (Katherine Engqvist/News staff)

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