Suspicious fire destroys vehicle

On Monday at about 1:30 a.m., Vernon firefighters were called to a truck blaze in the 3300 block of 35th Avenue.

Suspicious vehicle fires continue to be a concern in Vernon.

On Monday at about 1:30 a.m., Vernon firefighters were called to a truck blaze in the 3300 block of 35th Avenue.

“The RCMP were there just as we arrived and they were talking to a person of interest,” said Jack Blair, deputy fire chief.

This is the fifth suspicious fire in Vernon since Oct. 14.

“We don’t want anyone starting fires,” said Blair, adding that fuel and the components of vehicles can create a significant risk.

“The smoke is horrendous and toxic, especially if there is magnesium in the engine or wheels. When you put water on those vehicles, it’s like setting off fireworks. It’s very dangerous.”

Anyone who sees suspicious activity around vehicles is asked to call the RCMP.

There was also another car fire in the region but this one is not suspicious.

BX-Swan Lake crews attended the fire on Bremmer Road (off of Old Kamloops Road) at about 7:45 p.m. Oct. 23.

“It destroyed the vehicle on the engine compartment,” said fire chief Bill Wacey.

Crews managed to extinguish the blaze and prevent it from spreading to the nearby home.

The cause of the fire is not considered criminal.

“There has been a lot of those but no, this wasn’t suspicious,” said Wacey.

 

Vernon Morning Star

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