An early morning fire Thursday at the Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association destroyed the caretaker’s building and a trailer inside.
Shortly after 2 a.m., the Cumberland Fire Department received a call for a fully involved canopy with a 25-foot trailer inside of it, explained Fire Chief Mike Williamson.
“It was burning, the vehicle in front was burning and the main concern was exposure on the outside and the power lines were buying so the big thing was to get it knocked down on the far side to save that other trailer because everything inside was a total loss upon arrival,” he told CTV Vancouver Island.
Witness Stephen Jalbert said he woke up and realized there was a fire.
“Everyone was dead asleep. I could faintly hear fire and I thought I was dreaming or something and then it became very real.”
Williamson noted around 18 firefighters attended the scene, and as there are not any hydrants in the area, Courtenay Fire Department’s tanker was brought to the scene for additional water.
“It was a quick knockdown and everything went fine. I don’t know why the fire started; we’ll be investigating that later.”
He added the association’s caretaker lives in the trailer inside the shed, and believes the fire may have started on the back side office.