Victoria teens save younger brother, grandma as fire tears through their home
Two Victoria brothers are being hailed heroes after they saved their younger sibling, grandmother and tenants from a burning house.
More than two dozen firefighters battled the blaze at a heritage home on McClure Street.
It broke out around noon on Monday.
Finn Parker, 13, says he was upstairs watching TV when he heard his 16-year-old brother Sampson yelling "fire."
Sampson grabbed a fire extinguisher and tried to put out the flames. He then grabbed his three-year-old brother and rushed outside.
“I saw him in the living room and the curtains were on fire. The first thing was I grabbed him, brought him to the backyard and I just told everyone to get out of the house,” Sampson told CTV News.
Finn ran downstairs to notify their tenants of the fire.
“As long as everyone was not hurt I felt semi-calm and it was OK,” Finn said.
According to neighbours, the flames spread in a matter of minutes.
Victoria’s fire chief says the house appears to be a complete write off.
“Because of the construction of the building, it’s a balloon type construction, there are no fire stops so the fire would’ve spread right to the roof quite rapidly,” Paul Bruce said.
The cause is under investigation, but the family believes it may have been caused by a 40-year-old lamp in the front room.
“Out in the front there was a couch and it was just completely on fire, all that was left was a bit of the frame and just a small amount of the cushion left,” Finn said.
The boys say they have lived in the 110-year-old house their entire lives.
“We’re all just staring up at our house which is all almost black instead of its gross yellow now,” Finn said.
According to Finn, the family owns a condo nearby and will most likely be staying there for the foreseeable future.
Firefighters say a firetruck will remain on scene throughout the night.
With a report from CTV Vancouver Island's Chandler Grieve
Fire continues to billow out of this home on Mclure street near Cook street village. Grandma and 3 grandsons upstairs when the blaze broke out. Everyone - including downstairs tenants - got out. pic.twitter.com/lSrQ9p8owQ— Chandler Grieve (@CTVNewsChandler) March 19, 2018