Sooke’s Little Vienna Bakery Café and Marketplace will be open for business as usual.
Normally, that statement is not particularly news-worthy. Today, it is. In Sooke’s third fire call of the day, this one was just a few feet away from the walls of the Little Vienna Bakery. Luckily, it was quickly noticed and just as quickly attended to.
#sooke Firefighters did fabulous job stopping fire from extending into Little Vienna Bakery and remainder of mall this evening,” posted Steven Sorensen, Sooke’s fire chief. Sooke Fire Fighter’s (@iaff4841) posted a notice that this was their third brush fire of the day. “3rd brush fire of the day in Sooke extends into small strip mall. Fire knocked down, crews overhauling.”
Owners Susan and Michael Nyikes said later in the evening, when they were assessing the damage, that they will be open for business as usual tomorrow. While there was some water damage and stock losses, the building escaped serious damage.
Susan said that the fire was spotted as just a wisp of smoke and it was immediately called in. She said that it was the fire chief himself who made the call.
“Yes. I called it in on my way to the fire hall for practice night,” noted fire chief Steven Sorensen. “Great response, as most of the volunteers were already at the fire hall.”
The bushes right behind the bakery wall quickly lit up into dancing flames; just as quickly, the Sooke fire fighting team was there to take it down.
“As for cause,” said Sorensen, “I haven’t been able to confirm yet but suspect discarded cigarette is most likely culprit.”
He also noted that this area is about six weeks ahead of an average year for drought conditions. “It is extremely dry and any spark has an almost 100% chance of ignition.”
The owners and Carol Christie, the pastry chef, joked that Bakery will be serving smoked sandwiches for lunch when they spoke with Sooke PocketNews. But all kidding aside, they are all incredibly grateful for the quick response and that their bakery is still in complete and operational condition.