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A house fire in Victoria’s Burnside-Gorge neighbourhood in the early hours Saturday has been deemed suspicious.

The fire broke out in an occupied home just after 4 a.m. in the 500-block of Sumas Street, which caused extensive damage.

Investigators are searching for possible witnesses and anyone with surveillance footage to come forward.

The home was fully-engulfed when officers arrived. Fortunately, the residents who had been in the house at the time were able safely escape.

Once officers knew the home had been safely evacuated, Police assisted in evacuating nearby homes as fire fighters with Victoria Fire Department battled the blaze.

“Despite the extensive damage to the home, no one was physically hurt,” said VicPD.

VicPD says the preliminary investigation indicates the fire is suspicious.

This latest fire comes just days after a fire at an Island Health-operated supportive house on Princess Avenue displaced four people. The cause of the house fire is still under investigation.

Investigators are seeking witnesses and anyone with surveillance footage to come forward by calling VicPD at 250-995-7654.

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