Suspicious fire destroys trailer along Columbia Avenue

Kyra Hoggan
By Kyra Hoggan
May 25th, 2021

Fire crews were called out at 6:55 a.m. Monday to a recreational vehicle (trailer) fire, according to Castlegar Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio.

“It was in the 2000 block of Columbia Avenue in a parking lot near Canadian Tire,” Lattanzio said, “When we arrived it was fully involved.”

No one was in the trailer at the time, and no one was injured, but the trailer was completely destroyed, he added. The owner of the trailer has been notified.

Thirteen firefighters attended, bringing Rescue 1, Engine 1 and Engine 2..

Lattanzio said the fire was human caused and suspicious in nature, but the cause is as-yet undetermined and under investigation.

On an interesting side-note, crews used the new Rescue 1 firetruck’s bumper-mounted nozzle to extinguish the blaze remotely from the vehicle’s cab – a mucher safer scenario for firefighters than being on the ground. Lattanzio said the department accepted delivery of Rescue 1 in October 2020, and have used it many, many times since, as 2021 is shaping up to be a busy year.

“We’re already 53 calls ahead of where we were this time last year,” he said. “Since Jan. 1, 2021, we’re at call number 284, compared to 231 by this time in 2020.”


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