A large tent fire at Beacon Hill Park is being blamed on an active oil lamp left next to a open propane tank.
Police and fire crews were called to the park shortly after 7:30 p.m. Thursday night.
A man had left his encampment briefly and returned to find his area ablaze – and all of his belongings and tent completely destroyed.
The fire was located near the fire hall which allowed firefighters to quickly douse the flames.
Photos and video from the incident show flames dozens of feet in the air.
Well this was bound to happen. I truly hope nobody is hurt but that’s a lot of fire really quick. Notice the mini explosions. pic.twitter.com/e6NEZInPqg
— teddy jenner (@OffTheCrosseBar) January 22, 2021
— Patrick Wood (@pgwood1) January 22, 2021
VicPD confirmed there were no injuries from the blaze.
Patrol officers are on scene in Beacon Hill Park with the Victoria Fire Department for a tent fire. No one has been injured. Traffic on Douglas St, near Toronto St and Michigan St, may be impacted. #yyj
— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) January 22, 2021
Following the fire, outreach workers dropped off a tent and blankets, so that the tent owner had shelter for the night.