Late-night house fire lights sky near Qualicum Beach

No one was injured; home belongs to actress who was on the Lower Mainland at the time of the blaze

Albert Davies had to hose down the trees on the boundary of his property Saturday night, trying to keep a house fire next door from spreading to his home just outside Qualicum Beach.

Davies told The NEWS the fire late Saturday night was at the home of actress Nicola Cavendish, who was in North Vancouver at the time of the blaze.

“I was hosing the trees down between the houses so it wouldn’t get to my home,” said Davies, who lives on Waters Road just north of Qualicum Beach. “It was scary. The flames were huge. My home was in severe danger.”

There was no one in Cavendish’s home during the time of the fire and there are no reports of injuries.

“I put out some sparks which landed on my place while awaiting the arrival of the fire brigade,” Davies said in an email to The NEWS. “It was a huge inferno when I was made aware of it by the people who live on the other side of me. Nicola tells me it was not insured.”

The fire, just north of Qualicum Beach on the banks of the Little Qualicum River, was in the jurisdiction of the Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department. Social media reports indicated about 30 firefighters from Dashwood, Qualicum Beach and other neighbouring departments attended.

“No formal investigation was conducted, but it looked as if the fire may have started in the kitchen area,” said Dashwood chief Nick Acciavetti.