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A fire broke out behind the Coast Appliances in Saanich early on Saturday morning. (Saanich Fire Department/Twitter)

Fire investigation continues at Island Outfitters on Douglas Street

Saanich police and fire crews are conducting an active joint investigation into the fire

A fire broke out behind the Coast Appliances in Saanich early on Saturday morning. (Saanich Fire Department/Twitter)
Heidi Sherwood, owner of Sattva Spa, has decided to close down her business after months of efforts to combat the damages felt from a fire that occurred next door on May 6, 2019. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Downtown Victoria spa permanently closes its doors eight months after devastating fire

Sattva Spa will no longer reopen after the building was destroyed by neighbouring fire

Heidi Sherwood, owner of Sattva Spa, has decided to close down her business after months of efforts to combat the damages felt from a fire that occurred next door on May 6, 2019. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Saanich police received reports of small fires throughout the municipality in December, prompting an investigation. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich police arrest suspect believed to be connected to a string of suspicious fires

Police investigated five fires between Dec. 6 and Dec. 20

  • Dec 24, 2019
Saanich police received reports of small fires throughout the municipality in December, prompting an investigation. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Saanich Fire Department extinguished an early morning shed fire on Christmas Eve. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich shed destroyed in Christmas Eve fire

Crews were able to extinguish the blaze before it spread

  • Dec 24, 2019
The Saanich Fire Department extinguished an early morning shed fire on Christmas Eve. (Black Press Media file photo)
Nov. 14, 2019 – Heidi Sherwood, owner of Sattva Spa, says it will take millions of dollars and at least another year to rebuild her business after next door’s fire. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

VIDEO: Six months later, downtown Victoria business still feels the burn of Pandora fire

Sattva Spa stripped to the bare bones and won’t be operational for another year

Nov. 14, 2019 – Heidi Sherwood, owner of Sattva Spa, says it will take millions of dollars and at least another year to rebuild her business after next door’s fire. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Sidney Fire Department hosts the Peninsula Emergency Preparedness Expo on Sept. 20. (Nick Murray/News Staff)

Are you ready for the Big One?

Sidney Fire hosts Peninsula Emergency Preparedness Expo, Sept. 20

  • Sep 16, 2019
Sidney Fire Department hosts the Peninsula Emergency Preparedness Expo on Sept. 20. (Nick Murray/News Staff)
Saanich Peninsula fire departments have been hard at work this summer; training, candidate testing and receiving new equipment. (Nick Murray/News Staff)

Peninsula firefighters spend the summer in intensive training

No rest for personnel as they improve high tower, role-plays and marina fire fighting skills

Saanich Peninsula fire departments have been hard at work this summer; training, candidate testing and receiving new equipment. (Nick Murray/News Staff)
The front of the former Sidney Fire Hall. Where once glistening fire trucks stood, a grey truck is parked. (Nick Murray/News Staff)

Former Sidney fire hall ready for demolition

Majority of work begins Monday to tear down multiple buildings on Third Street and Sidney Avenue

The front of the former Sidney Fire Hall. Where once glistening fire trucks stood, a grey truck is parked. (Nick Murray/News Staff)
The Plaza Hotel caught fire on May 6. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
The Plaza Hotel caught fire on May 6. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
One of the brushfires extinguished by concerned truck drivers and then made safe by Central Saanich Fire Department. (Photo from Central Saanich Fire Department)

‘Irresponsible’ cigarette tossing blamed for two brushfires on Pat Bay highway

Fires could have started from any of the “dozens” of discarded cigarettes, says chief

One of the brushfires extinguished by concerned truck drivers and then made safe by Central Saanich Fire Department. (Photo from Central Saanich Fire Department)
One month after the downtown fire not much information has been released (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria city council approves demolition of former hotel razed by fire

The property at 603 Pandora Ave. was the subject of a suspicious fire on May 6

One month after the downtown fire not much information has been released (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
One month after the downtown fire not much information has been released (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Developer looks to demolish building remnants of downtown Victoria fire

Victoria staff recommend demolishing the former Plaza Hotel ‘as soon as possible’

One month after the downtown fire not much information has been released (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
One month after the downtown fire not much information has been released. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Developer looks to demolish building remnants of downtown Victoria fire

Victoria staff recommend demolishing the former Plaza Hotel ‘as soon as possible’

One month after the downtown fire not much information has been released. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
One month after the downtown fire not much information has been released (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Public left guessing one month after downtown Victoria fire

The cause of the fire and the location of the caretaker have yet to be established

One month after the downtown fire not much information has been released (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
A fire truck glistens in front of the Community Safety Building. (Nick Murray/News Staff)

Sidney Fire shows off the new Community Safety Building

Building to be a central hub for region’s emergency preparedness, with July 1 official opening

A fire truck glistens in front of the Community Safety Building. (Nick Murray/News Staff)
Firefighters from the Victoria Fire Department battled the blaze from 603 Pandora Ave. on May 6, 2019 (File sumbitted/Marco Crescenzi)

Police hand site of former hotel destroyed by fire back to owners

Caretaker still unaccounted for, investigation continues in wake of May 6 blaze

Firefighters from the Victoria Fire Department battled the blaze from 603 Pandora Ave. on May 6, 2019 (File sumbitted/Marco Crescenzi)
Investigations into a suspicious fire at 603 Pandora Ave. have been ongoing. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Police stay quiet on downtown fire investigation

The fire at Victoria’s Plaza Hotel was deemed suspicious on May 14

Investigations into a suspicious fire at 603 Pandora Ave. have been ongoing. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Moksana Yoga and Healing Centre is just next door to the remains of the Plaza Hotel. Signs posted on temporary fences warn about poor air quality, a problem that several Moksana clients have noticed. (Nicole Crescenzi/ News Staff)

Downtown Victoria businesses feel the burn of neighbouring fire

Local businesses see a drop in sales following the Plaza Hotel Fire

Moksana Yoga and Healing Centre is just next door to the remains of the Plaza Hotel. Signs posted on temporary fences warn about poor air quality, a problem that several Moksana clients have noticed. (Nicole Crescenzi/ News Staff)
Fire crews battled a downtown fire on May 6 (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Downtown Victoria fire deemed ‘suspicious’

The Plaza Hotel fire will now be subject to a large-scale investigation

Fire crews battled a downtown fire on May 6 (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Firefighters continued to combat hot spots Thursday at the Plaza Hotel fire at 603 Pandora Ave. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

4 million gallons of water used on downtown Victoria fire so far

Firefighters continue to battle hot spots four days after it began

Firefighters continued to combat hot spots Thursday at the Plaza Hotel fire at 603 Pandora Ave. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)