Garage fire and vehicle collision keep responders busy in Bonshaw

Mitch MacDonald
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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."

Organizations: RCMP, The North River Fire Department, Trans-Canada Highway

Geographic location: Bonshaw Road

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  • Madeleine Francois
    March 25, 2014 - 07:43

    This is a serious issue so we have to be cautious and when fire came, needing an emergency, there's a safety back up that will help you get an immediate help from rescuers. Just press the panic button and your call be directly routed to the nearest 911. In addition, you can be connected to your safety networks (your love ones who can help or assist you when needs help). There is much more features you can ever find, just check this out:

  • Big Rose
    March 24, 2014 - 07:12

    Chief Wakelin never heard the word snuffed before when it comes to putting a fire out are you sure you never meant sniffled.Maybe yourself or some of your firefighters had the sniffles at the time or cold anyway hoo kudos to the department for a small community they are sure a busy department your my hero Wakelin.

  • Scall
    March 23, 2014 - 18:47

    "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 article stated the driver was returning to the province, if he was returning New Haven is just after the Plan B section not Bonshaw which is ahead from this drivers POV. If the accident was in Bonshaw just say it was in Bonshaw, this line about the Plan B Highway is just silly to be throwing in here, unless the author is trying to make some aside about accidents happening somewhere else but not on our new 'Super-highway'.