Pair of fires keep Oak Bay crews busy

Playground melts to the ground; Roslyn Road home damaged

A home in the 1000-block of Roslyn Rd. in Oak Bay caught fire Tuesday night (July 17).

The Oak Bay fire department responded to the call just after 9 p.m. and quickly extinguished the attic fire, despite access problems, said Dave Cockle, Oak Bay deputy fire chief.

When the crew arrived, smoke was coming from the eaves of the roof, he said.

The fire appears to be accidental, and caused about $20,000 worth of damage to the house, Cockle estimated.

A fire crew from Victoria assisted in putting out the flames, he added.

A separate incident last week closed a section of the water park near Carnarvon Park after an early morning fire last Tuesday.

The Oak Bay fire department received a call before 7 a.m. on July 10 from public works notifying them that the pirate ship at Peter Pan water park was burning.

“When our guys got there, we pretty much just cooled down some melted plastic, because that’s about all that was left,” said Cockle.

“Unfortunately, the kids are without the playground for a little while until we can get it built again and put back in place.”

The equipment should be replaced within a few weeks, he said.

The cost of the damage is unknown as is the cause of the fire, which is currently under investigation by Oak Bay police. However, Cockle added, it does appear suspicious.