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Another suspicious fire breaks out in Vernon

Debris is all that remains of some apple bins after a suspicious fire at Vernon
Debris is all that remains of some apple bins after a suspicious fire at Vernon's Growers Supply on Waddington Drive Monday night.
— image credit: Richard Rolke/Morning Star

Authorities are investigating the 22nd suspicious fire in the Vernon area.

At about 11:30 p.m. Monday, flames began consuming or damaging about 1,200 apple bins at Growers Supply in the 1200 of Waddington Drive.

“There was a huge fire load and the flames could be seen across the city,” said Keith Green, Vernon fire chief.

An excavator had to be used so firefighters could pull the pile of wooden bins apart and extinguish the blaze.

“It was tough getting penetration into the pile (of bins). They’d fall over the fire would flare up again,” said Green.

The damage is valued at about $100,000.

The RCMP and the Vernon Fire Department are investigating the incident.

 

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