A van that erupted into flames Sunday night in Sidney was quickly extinguished and fortunately no one was injured.
At roughly 5:45 p.m. the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call of a car on fire outside Harbour Haven, a condominium complex on Resthaven Drive.
In a tweet, SVFD said: “Quick work by E1 limited the exposure risk and fire was knocked down.”
SVFD has extinguished a car fire at Harbour Haven on Resthaven Drive. Quick work by E1 limited the exposure risk and fire was knocked down. pic.twitter.com/braRAwe9Rd
— SidneyVFire (@SidneyVFire) November 26, 2018
Across the street, Stacey Potter had just finished putting up her Christmas tree and was taking photos of it when her husband – standing outside checking lights on the house – noticed flames coming from the van.
A third neighbour called 911 and Potter said, “by the time [firefighters] came, the van was completely engulfed.”
Sidney Fire Chief Brett Mikkelsen said when crews arrived they were faced with a “fully involved” van fire with flames burning through the roof. “By that time the van was a complete loss.”
|A van that caught fire outside a residential complex on Resthaven Drive Sunday evening was quickly extinguished by the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department. (Contributed/Stacey Potter)|
“We’re fortunate enough that we managed to keep it to the area of origin,” Mikkelsen explained. “There was an exposure hazard, a vehicle parked beside it, a fish processing van that was spared any damage so that was positive.”
Fire crews did speak with the owner of the van, a resident on one of the vessels at a nearby government dock who said he had just arrived home, parking the van shortly before the fire.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.