Fatal house fire on Denman Island

A man died in a trailer fire Wednesday evening on Denman Island.

Shortly before 6 p.m. July 12, the volunteer fire department was notified of the blaze in the 5300 block of Denman Road.

A deceased man was located inside the residence, according to the Comox Valley RCMP. The cause of the fire and identity of the man is unconfirmed.

The flames and surrounding trees were fully involved by the time firefighters arrived at the scene.

“I think the big aspect is the state of the province right now. Everything’s getting pretty dry,” Denman Fire Chief Don Luckett said. “For us, it was a pretty fast response. We had it knocked down in no time.”

The fifth wheel was located in a dry, wooded area.

“We were fortunate that there wasn’t a strong wind,” Luckett said. “That was working to our benefit, and we were able to knock down the fire in the bush.”

He notes an “incredibly fast response” from the Coastal Fire Centre, which provided a three-man attack crew and helicopter.

“They were able to be my eyes in the sky. That was great. We really appreciate that. It just shows that they’re ready, they’re on heightened alert and quick response.”

The Comox Valley RCMP General Investigation section and BC Coroner service continue to investigate the fire.