(Sarah Macdonald)

Fire crews in Colwood contained a potentially dangerous fire Monday night and have deemed it as suspicious.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on July 19th, multiple reports from neighbours and bystanders were received of a fire at a house on Betula Place in Colwood.

When emergency crews responded, the house was vacant and no one was believed to be harmed in the fire, according to neighbours.

According to the RCMP, a neighbour helped contain the fire by using his water hose to keep the flames under control until emergency crews arrived.

Firefighters sought to extinguish the flames and were able to contain the fire to the back portion of the home.

Upon investigation, Colwood Fire Rescue Service determined that the source of the fire was suspicious in nature.

“If this had caught and spread we would be dealing with a very different, possibly tragic situation,” said Constable Meighan Massey.

“It is due to the swift actions of the neighbour who spotted the fire that this did not spread and cause further damage.”

Investigators have returned to the scene Tuesday to continue their investigation into the arson.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the West Shore RCMP at (250) 474-2264.

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