Fire destroys house in Qualicum Bay

Electrical component suspected cause of blaze on Pearce Place

There was heavy smoke and water damage to this home on Pearce Place in Qualicum Bay after a fire on Friday.

There was heavy smoke and water damage to this home on Pearce Place in Qualicum Bay after a fire on Friday.

A house fire Friday in Qualicum Bay tore through the two-story home and left it destroyed.

Fire departments Bow Horne Bay, Dashwood and Qualicum Beach attended the scene on Pearce Place at around 1 p.m.

The blaze quickly spread to the second story of the house and into the attic, which is a difficult area to approach, said Bow Horne Bay Fire Chief Steve Anderosov.

“We eventually got the fire out before it burned the entire roof off, but there is heavy smoke and water damage to both floors on the one side,” he said. “And the carport, and a bedroom above the carport, were pretty well gone.”

Anderosov said there wasn’t anyone in the house at the time of the fire, apparently the occupants of the home had left shortly before the fire was reported.

The fire is believed to have started from an electrical component plugged into a workbench in the carport, Anderosov said, but the cause is still being investigated.

Pearce Place is near Horne Lake Road.