Busy day for Quesnel firefighters

First responders fought fires on adjoining properties and battled a blazing van behind Elks Hall

It was a busy morning for Quesnel fire fighters.

Our men in red were raised from their beds shortly after 1 a.m. on Monday (May 27) to respond to two fires on adjoining properties on Ritson Avenue in West Quesnel.

“Upon arrival we had two sheds on fire on two different residences,” says Sylvain Gauthier, Director of Emergency Services for the Quesnel Fire Department.

“One was a metal shed and the other was a wood shed,” he continued. “Both sheds suffered significant damage and both residences suffered minor damage to their vinyl siding, which melted.”

An investigation is underway but right now, Gauthier says it looks suspicious.

Three fire engine and fourteen firefighters responded to the call.

At 6:15 a.m. they received another call regarding a vehicle fire right behind the Elks Hall on Anderson Drive in West Quesnel.

A Shaw Cable van was set on fire right against the building.

Three fire engines and eleven fire fighters responded to that call.

The vehicle was a write-off, but the building was fine.

Gauthier confirmed that the fire was intentionally set and says the Shaw van was reported stolen earlier.

Later in the day, the Quesnel Fire Department was also called to two medical aids and a collision between a van and a motorcycle on Anderson Drive in West Quesnel.

READ MORE: Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department responded to almost 500 fire calls in 2018


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