Update: 6:45 pm
It was called in as a structure fire — but fortunately, it didn’t spread to the nearby home.
A Ford Aerostar van ignited next to a house on French Road in the BX around 5 pm Wednesday, and the orchard workers who lived there used a hose to keep it from spreading.
“The occupants had just driven home about 45 minutes earlier. They were in the house cooking supper, they smelled smoke, looked out and saw the Aerostar van fully engulfed,” says Bill Wacey, BX Swan Lake fire chief
Wacey says their crews fully doused it when they arrived a few minutes later.
Some trees near the house were burned, and the home has some scarring.
He says the cause wasn’t suspicious, and was likely electrical.
“I would probably suggest yes. If you look at the history of Aerostars, especially from the 90’s, I think they have a bit of a track record.”
The site was just east of the fire training centre on Pottery Road, and next to an orchard.
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Crews from the BX Swan Lake Fire Department have doused a vehicle fire outside a home at the end of Pottery Road, near the fire training centre.
No word yet on the cause, but it’s not believed anyone was injured.
Update 5:40pm – From the scene:
The BX Swan Lake Fire Department has been called to a reported structure fire at Pottery Road and French Road. Reports say it is a vehicle fire.
The call came in at 5:07 pm
No other details are known.