Fire ignites on roof in townhouse row under construction in Langford – Victoria News

A weekend fire at a construction site in north Langford resulted in no injuries but could add months to the construction schedule and delay the move date for the new owners.

Firefighters were called to a fire on the roof of a row of townhouses under construction at Echo Valley Place, just off Lower Bear Mountain Parkway, around 1:30 p.m. July 17. A roofer was at work and told firefighters they had a problem with their equipment. An investigation is underway into the direct cause of the fire.

All the workers made it safely off the roof and managed to clear some hazardous materials on their way down, which made a huge difference, said Lance Caven, assistant chief of the Langford Fire Department. He specifically noted that a large propane tank was used by the roofers, who could have leveled the project had it been ignited.

Sopping wet insulation and charcoal debris on the stairs in unit 937 where the roof fire is believed to have started. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Caven was back Monday morning to gather evidence for his investigation. He squished through water-soaked pink insulation and cracked sheets of charred drywall on the ground floor.

A hole in the roof, blackened on all sides, acted like a skylight on the dark interior. That was the point of origin of the fire, where firefighters had torn the ceiling to get to the blaze, he said.

They had water hoses pointed at the roof, but the fire was hiding underneath, between layers of insulation and drywall. The two-story homes are set back on a steep creek bed, making it impossible for firefighters to access the fire from the back. Commanders called for firefighters to be sent in to tear open the layers and attack the flames from below.

Pulling drywall off in hot weather in full gear, unsurprisingly, tiring.

“We sent three to four men at a time, and within fifteen minutes they had to get out and through their air tanks,” Caven said. Runner vehicles shot between the fire and the station to bring fresh air tanks.

All of the mansion’s units had fire damage to their roofs, but the flames did not reach the main floors or the trees behind the row, thanks to the full force of Langford Fire Rescue, supported by the Colwood and View Royal divisions and two senior officers from Esquimalt. West Shore RCMP was also on hand to keep the scene in check.

All the mansions in the Gardner Creek Phase Three had been sold. A construction worker on site said that after the fire investigation is complete, a structural engineer will need to assess the damage to determine next steps.

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