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South Country firefighters respond to structure fire near Tie Lake

No injuries reported as fire broke out in a park model RV at Sunshine Bay Resort on Friday (March 4)

South Country firefighters responded to a structure fire in a park model RV at Sunshine Bay Resort in the Tie Lake area on Friday (March 4) afternoon.

Ten firefighters from the Baynes Lake, Elko and Jaffray Fire Departments responded to the call, along with six pieces of apparatus.

“The fire broke out in the kitchen and quickly spread in spite of the homeowner’s best efforts to contain it,” explains Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire and Rescue Service Fire Chief Michael Hockley. “There are numerous homes in close proximity to one another in this privately-owned campground, and our firefighters did an excellent job of ensuring the fire was contained to the one unit.”

The fire caused extensive damage to the trailer — which is expected to be a total loss — however, no injuries were reported, according to a news release.

Hockley noted the homeowner did a lot of the right things before firefighters arrived.

“He immediately dialed 9-1-1 and he had a working fire extinguisher on site and knew how to use it. He also knew when to get out to safety, which is critical.”

Crews were on scene for the day, ensuring no hotspots flared up, while also assisting with the investigation.

Trevor Crawley

About the Author: Trevor Crawley

Trevor Crawley has been a reporter with the Cranbrook Townsman and Black Press in various roles since 2011.
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