PHOTO: Roadside motorhome fire doused by firefighters

Firefighters made quick work of a fire that engulfed a motorhome in the southbound lane of the Trans-Canada Highway near Copperhead Drive exit 336 Friday afternoon.

Kamloops Fire Rescue platoon Capt. Rob Chalmers said there were no reported injuries.

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The lone, male occupant of the vehicle attempted to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher, and called KFR when he was unable to do so.

"It was ripping along pretty good before he could get the extinguisher to it," Chalmers said.

He said the motorhome is a total loss.

Eight firefighters and three trucks attended the fire, which spread to some adjacent grasses as well.

Chalmers said ordinarily only a single fire engine would respond to vehicle fire, but the additional trucks were taken to ensure firefighters had enough water as the fire was burning in an area where there were no hydrants.

The vehicle ran on propane, and luckily firefighters were able to shut off the gas before dousing the flames.

"Any time you're talking about propane in a compressed cylinder like that there's a lot of energy — even a small tank can do a lot of damage if the pressure relief valves doesn't work properly," Chalmers said.

He said no fire investigator has examined the vehicle yet, so the cause remains undetrmined at this time. 



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