Christina Lake firefighters douse a car fire on July 7, 2019. The driver and car drove off the edge of Santa Rosa Road near Christina Lake but the driver escaped with only minor injuries. (Christina Lake Fire Rescue/Submitted)

Christina Lake car fire doused before spreading to forest

Firefighters credit recent rain for limiting the spread of the flames

A driver was lucky to escape their vehicle with only minor scratches Sunday, after they drove off the edge of an unpaved road and fell approximately four metres down an embankment. Shortly after, the SUV caught fire.

The incident happened approximately nine kilometres up Santa Rosa Road, near Christina Lake. An ambulance was first to the scene. EMS workers then called police and fire and took the driver to hospital around 1 p.m.

The cause of the incident, said RCMP Sgt. Darryl Peppler, was “likely driving too fast for the type of road.”

Swift action from the Christina Lake fire department kept the situation from impacting the forest where the incident occurred. With two fire engines and a water truck, local firefighters were able to douse the flames that were burning the vehicle.

Luckily, said fire chief Joe Geary, the flames were slow to spread further into the forest.

“If we didn’t have that [recent] rain,” he said, “it probably would have been a different situation.”

A patch of ground and two nearby trees caught fire but were promptly extinguished by Christina Lake firefighters.

READ MORE

Four-vehicle collision near Christina Lake stops traffic in construction zone

Experts warn Christina Lake residents about property fire protection


@jensenedw
Jensen.edwards@grandforksgazette.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Hundreds turn out for Singh, NDP candidate rally in Penticton

The messaging was clear, NDP “chooses you”

Warning issued after several overdoses in Castlegar

Interior Health says the overdoses appear to be the result of cocaine contaminated with fentanyl.

Son Ranch Timber Co. wins provincial award for woodlot management

The Freer family has been operating the business for nearly 30 years

How local candidates are using Facebook to advertise directly to you

Liberal campaign is the biggest spender on Facebook ads in South Okanangan–West Kootenay

South Okanagan-West Kootenay candidates talk climate change and environment at recent forum

Forum on Tuesday grilled candidates about plan to bring about low carbon emission economy

Greta Thunberg meets with First Nations chief in Fort McMurray

Thunberg has turned her protest against climate change into a global movement

Canucks hang on for 3-2 win over Rangers in New York

Vancouver scores three times in first period

More beef products recalled due to possible E. coli contamination

The food safety watchdog has been investigating possible E. coli 0157:H7

B.C. VIEWS: How to get the best deal on your ICBC car insurance

ICBC slowly being dragged into the 21st century

Pot legalization has gone ‘well’, but ‘yellow flags’ on vaping: task force chair

Canada legalized cannabis for non-medical use on Oct. 17, 2018,

ELECTION 2019: Federal leaders hit final 24 hours of campaign

Many leaders remain in B.C. for the final hours of the campaign

Most Read