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Second RV fire in two days snuffed out by firefighters

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No injuries were reported as firefighters in Fairmont Hot Springs took on their second RV fire in as many days.

Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) officials said the fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon.

“Not even 24 hours after a similar call-out yesterday [Tuesday], we arrived on scene today to find a single travel trailer fully engulfed,” said Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Jon Tames. “The fire did get into some of the surrounding grass; however, our team did an exceptional job of preventing it from spreading into the nearby trees.”

10 firefighters from Fairmont Hot Springs responded with four apparatus, with the help of two firefighters and an apparatus from Windermere.

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Crews remained on the scene until the fire was snuffed out and cooled down.

RDEK staff said the lone occupant was able to get out of the trailer safely, and nobody was hurt by the fire.

However, the trailer was completely destroyed in the blaze.

“Today was another example of how quickly fire can spread with the fine fuels being dried out in the midst of these extremely dry conditions,” said Tames. “If not for the quick action of the people who reported this fire and our crew, this could have been a much more serious situation.”

A travel trailer that was completely destroyed by a fire on Wednesday, August 3, 2022. (Supplied by the RDEK)
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