Man dies in Saanich after portable heater catches fire

A 43-year-old homeless man died Sunday after his portable heating device caught fire.

A 43-year-old homeless man died in Saanich on Sunday after his portable heating device caught fire.

Thomas Fisher was sleeping near the Telus building at the corner of McKenzie Avenue and Quadra Street when the heater he was using to keep warm caught fire shortly after midnight.

Saanich police, the Saanich fire department and B.C. Ambulance attended, and Fisher was rushed to the Royal Jubilee Hospital intensive care unit. He died later that day as a result of injuries from the fire.

Saanich police say the incident is not deemed suspicious and the B.C. Coroners Service is now investigating. His family, believed to be from outside Victoria, has been notified.

Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen called Fisher’s death sad and unfortunate, and that the incident was traumatic for all involved. Police officers who attended have been given counselling, he said.

“It was a traumatic scene. Not the kind of thing you happen upon everyday as a police officer or even a fireman,” Jantzen said.

editor@saanichnews.com

 

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19 case confirmed at downtown Victoria 7-Eleven

Employee tests positive, company warns of possible exposure risk between Aug. 10 and 14

Rare white orca spotted hunting off shores of Alaska for first time

Tl’uk seems healthy and strong, says researcher

Mental health challenges add to youth stress load

Part 2 in a Black Press series on Youth Homelessness

Langford bike park rolling along to completion

New park a tribute to Jordie Lunn’s legacy

Mount Newton Centre pivots to keep serving seniors

Peninsula non-profit in need of iPads to stay connected

VIDEO: Greater Victoria police officers try bhangra dancing with social media star

Gurdeep Pandher leads bhangra lesson on front lawn of the BC Legislature building

Unofficial holidays: here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Aug. 16 to 22

World Photography Day, Black Cat Appreciation Day and Rum Day all coming up this week

Captain Horvat’s OT marker lifts Canucks to 4-3 win over Blues

Vancouver takes 2-0 lead in best-of-7 NHL playoff series with St. Louis

Widow of slain Red Deer doctor thanks community for support ahead of vigil

Fellow doctors, members of the public will gather for a physically-distanced vigil in central Alberta

Taking dog feces and a jackhammer to neighbourhood dispute costs B.C. man $16,000

‘Pellegrin’s actions were motivated by malice …a vindictive, pointless, dangerous and unlawful act’

Racist stickers at Keremeos pub leaves group uneasy and angry

The ‘OK’ hand gesture is a known hate-symbol

VIDEO: World responds to B.C. girl after pandemic cancels birthday party

Dozens of cards and numerous packages were delivered to six-year-old Charlie Manning

Expected fall peak of COVID-19 in Canada could overwhelm health systems: Tam

National modelling projections released Friday show an expected peak in cases this fall

Most Read