© North River Fire Department
North River Fire Department's TACT 2 Tactical Response unit.
BONSHAW - First responders were kept busy dealing with a garage fire and vehicle collision in separate incidents here on Sunday.
The usually quiet community was anything but that on the weekend, with the two close calls occurring six hours apart from each other.
No one was injured in either incident.
The North River Fire Department had been in the area first while responding to a garage fire on Bonshaw Road at approximately 7:20 a.m.
Chief Kirby Wakelin said the blaze occurred in a single vehicle garage detached from the residence.
"The residents went to check something and when they opened the garage door a ball of smoke came out," said Wakelin.
Wakelin said the fire was believed to have started from a vehicle inside the garage.
However, a lack of oxygen in the small shed appeared to stop the blaze in its tracks.
"It snuffed itself out," said Wakelin. "We did put some foam on the car itself to make it couldn't reignite. We just wanted to make sure it was fully extinguished and there would be no flare-ups."
Wakelin said between 15-20 firefighters responded to the blaze and that the garage was still in good condition after the incident.
"Everything went fine the guys did a great job," said Wakelin. "It (the fire snuffing itself out) was better than the alternative."
RCMP also received a call of a single-vehicle collision on the Trans-Canada Highway at approximately 1:20 p.m.
The collision saw a two-door Toyota carrying two adults leave the road.
An RCMP spokesperson said driving conditions were perfect at the time of the collision.
He said the two had just returned to the province from a vacation and were nearing the end of a long drive home.
"The driver admitted to being very tired while driving. He just closed his eyes for a second when he woke up he was off the road," said the spokesperson. "Luckily there was a lot of snow and the vehicle just got caught up."
Neither individual suffered any injuries, while the car only saw minimum damage.
RCMP had asked individuals to travel through the area, which was just after the Plan B section of the highway, carefully while the scene was being cleaned up.
The spokesperson said RCMP wanted to remind individuals to be cautious of driver fatigue.
"Most definitely. Sometimes driving while drowsing is just as bad as driving while impaired."