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One man has been hospitalized following a fire that blazed through the second storey of a home on the Esquimalt First Nations reserve Monday afternoon.

Just after 12:00 p.m., emergency services responded to a fire at the intersection of Kosapsum Crescent and Thomas Road.

Once there, first responders found thick plumes of smoke billowing out of a second storey window.

Firefighters then entered the home, clearing it of residents before containing the flames.

One man was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and was later transported to hospital. Meanwhile, the fire was isolated to the second story of the home before it was extinguished completely.

What started the fire is still undetermined, but officials do not suspect any foul play.

“The View Royal Fire Department will continue their investigation to determine the cause of the blaze. At this point there is nothing to suggest the fire is suspicious in nature”, said Cst. Nancy Saggar of the West Shore RCMP in a release.

Members of the View Royal Fire Department, Colwood Fire Department, West Shore RCMP, and BC Ambulance Service all attended the scene. After the fire, Community Based Victim Services, Emergency Social Services and the Esquimalt Nation spoke with the residents of the home and promised to help find temporary lodging for the family until the damage was assessed and repaired.

“It’s great to see emergency crews and community services work together to help the affected residents”, said Cst. Saggar.

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