Rukus said there were no injuries.
Since the area is served by wells without hydrants, immediate mutual aid appeals were made to the Nanoose Bay and East Wellington Volunteer Fire Departments for additional water support, Rukus said. .
He noted that they had enough water to do the job.
“We have our automatic assistance partners who respond immediately after a fire intervention in these types of areas,” said Rukus. “And on top of that, we have a mutual aid agreement that would allow us to bring in a lot more water if we needed it.”
He said fighting fires in rural areas is more difficult, especially in summer, when various fires can spread faster, requiring additional water.
“A lot of areas don’t have fire hydrants on rural properties. This is something that we practice and train for and work with our support partners so that we are ready to go when an event like this occurs.
Large structure fires in Lantzville are rare.
Rukus said it had been about three years since a fire of this magnitude broke out in the community.
Neighbor Julie Steward’s shop and cottage were damaged by the fire. She expressed concern about the local water supply capacity for firefighters, especially during the dry months.
She said some form of restriction on trees on vacant lots in the area would improve public safety.
“If it was summer, it would have set this neighborhood ablaze like we were surrounded by a pile of matches,” Steward said. NanaimoNews NOW.
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