Nelson Fire Rescue Services is still investigating the cause of a fire on Bealby Road on Friday afternoon. No one was hurt but damage is estimated at $35,000.
Firefighters responded around 6:30 p.m. and discovered the fire, which started in the engine compartment of a pick-up truck, had spread to an attached travel trailer and the forest.
Crews were concerned about propane tanks on the front of the trailer and additional crews were immediately called to the scene.
“The first arriving crew’s primary objective was to slow the spread of the vehicle fire and ensure that the propane tanks did not get heated,” assistant chief Mike Daloise said in a news release.
The pick-up truck was destroyed, while the trailer was damaged in the front and smoke damaged inside. About 270 square feet of forest was burned, including a few trees. It took nearly 3,000 gallons (11,350 L) of water to suppress the fire.
“Nelson Fire Rescue Services reminds everyone to ensure your vehicles are properly maintained and to avoid parking hot vehicles on or near combustible material including dry grass,” Daloise said.