A Union Bay couple is out of their home and lost two dogs following a house fire last Thursday.
The fire occurred in the 6000 block of the Mystery Beach Road area. The Union Bay Fire Department was paged at 7:37 p.m. on Dec. 12.
When they arrived at the scene, fire chief Ian Ham said smoke and flames were coming out of the home.
“We found out it was the kitchen,” he said. “The kitchen was fully involved.”
The fire department sent two engines and a rescue vehicle to the scene, and was assisted on the ground by the Fanny Bay Fire Department.
“I’m really proud of my volunteer firefighters and the effort they put in on it, and the cooperation with Fanny Bay,” Ham said.
Comox Valley Emergency Program also responded to provide immediate emergency support for the family.
“They take care of the 72 hours right after,” Ham said.
The fire chief is not sure how long the couple might be displaced, but he expects it could be a while. He is still waiting to hear back from the insurance company about plans for how long the couple could be out of their home.
The couple was not home at the time of the fire.
“I guess it was reported by a family friend,” Ham said. “I guess they were out at a Christmas party or something.”
The fire probably started in the kitchen, but Ham emphasizes the cause is unknown at this point.