Van goes up in flames at Highway 33 gas station in Rutland – Kelowna News – Castanet.net
Van goes up in flames at Highway 33 gas station in Rutland
Blaze at gas pumps
UPDATE 6:05 p.m.
The Kelowna Fire Department says a van that went up in flames at the Highway 33 Super Save in Rutland was filling with propane when the fire started.
Platoon Capt. Kelly Stephens says the fire started “engulfing the whole unit and causing damage to the gas bar as well.”
Calls to 911 reported the fire at 4:37 p.m.
Firefighters shut down traffic on the highway, and “we made sure that we had the area safe, the crews came in, put the vehicle out. We shut the gas off and the power to the bar for some time. We’re now just in salvage and overhaul, trying to find this individual’s possessions,” says Stephens.
The owner of the vehicle and a friend were not hurt in the fire. They are backpackers who appear to be from Quebec and were able to salvage a few important personal items.
The cause of the fire is not deemed suspicious.
UPDATE: 5:30 p.m.
RCMP and firefighters remain at the scene of a gas station vehicle fire in Rutland.
The camper van went up in flames at the Highway 33 Super Save about 4:40 p.m.
The van was gutted by the fire, and there appears to be some structural damage to the gas station canopy as well.
It does not appear that the gas pumps caught fire
UPDATE: 5 p.m.
A vehicle fire at the Highway 33 Super Save station in Rutland is now apparently out.
Highway 33 was briefly shut down, but has now been reopened.
It’s not yet known if anyone was hurt in the fire.
ORIGINAL: 4:55 p.m.
A dangerous situation is unfolding at a gas station in Rutland.
Reader photos show a van engulfed in flames at the gas pumps at the Highway 33 Super Save.
Explosions have been reported, although it is unclear if the pumps also caught fire.
Fire crews are on scene, and Castanet has a reporter headed to the site.
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