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Charlie Lake firefighters extinguish vehicle fire

Charlie Lake Fire Department firefighters battle a vehicle fire near the Rona hardware store on Tuesday. Photo by Chris Newton

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Members of the Charlie Lake Fire Department had a busy Tuesday afternoon after a vehicle caught fire just west of Fort St. John.

The Peace River Regional District’s Communications Coordinator Fran Haughian said that fire crews got the call at around 12:45 yesterday afternoon about a Jeep Grand Cherokee that had caught fire at a property on the 242 Road just behind the Rona hardware store. Upon arrival, the SUV was fully engulfed in flames, and despite fire crews’ efforts, was completely destroyed.

The vehicle’s owner told Energeticcity.ca that he was visiting the property, which belonged to a friend, to clean out his holiday trailer that was stored there ahead of a camping trip. He said that he had grabbed several tarps and placed them inside his Jeep before he went inside the trailer to clean up. Several minutes later, the owner said that he hear his Jeep’s horn sounding an alarm, and noticed smoke coming from the SUV. Though he attempted to extinguish the fire, the owner’s fire extinguisher failed to deploy.

Members of the Fort St. John RCMP were among the first to arrive on scene. They said that after speaking with the vehicle’s owner, the fire is not considered suspicious. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.