UPDATE: DriveBC is reporting that the Trans-Canada Highway has reopened in Mil Bay. Shawnigan-Mill Bay Road between the highway and Barry Road is not estimated to reopen to traffic until Saturday, May 28.
The Trans-Canada Highway in Mill Bay is closed in both directions as Mill Bay Fire Department is on the scene of a blaze at the old Pioneer Square Mall building in Mill Bay on Friday, May 27.
Located at Shawnigan-Mill Bay Road and the Trans-Canada Highway, the vacant building has been the scene of at least two other fires in the last six months.
Several other fire departments have been called out to provide aid.
Thick smoke can be seen in the area, pouring from the old building.
Previous fires hit the building on Nov. 26, 2021, and on Feb. 17, 2022. Officials at the Mill Bay Fire Department have expressed concern about the vacant building, pointing out the abundance of old dry cedar, which is easy to burn.
More as it becomes available.