The Victoria Fire Department responded to an overnight basement fire in Vic West Dec. 8. (Black Press Media file photo)

The Victoria Fire Department responded to an overnight basement fire in Vic West Dec. 8. (Black Press Media file photo)

Overnight Victoria West fire sends one resident to hospital

Flames lapping out of basement window when crews arrived, says deputy chief

A Vic West resident was sent to hospital after suffering burns and smoke inhalation from a basement fire that broke out shortly after midnight Wednesday.

The Victoria Fire Department was called to the 900-block of Walker Street at 12:41 a.m. Upon crews’ arrival, Deputy Fire Chief Dan Atkinson said, flames were lapping up the front side of the house through a shattered basement window.

Both residents of the home managed to escape the fire before crews arrived. One resident was treated for non-life-threatening burns and smoke inhalation on site before being taken to hospital, Atkinson said.

Crews had the fire under control by 1:43 a.m. and some firefighters remained on scene Wednesday morning, investigating the cause of the fire and damage caused.

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