Nelson police assist a man whose kayak capsized in Kootenay Lake on Monday. Photo submitted

Nelson fire, police respond to fires, water rescue, car accident in less than 48 hours

The slew of events occurred Monday and Tuesday

Nelson police and firefighters had a busy start to the week.

Both services were called to rescue an elderly man on Monday morning when his kayak capsized in Kootenay Lake near Save-On Foods, according to a statement released Thursday by Nelson Fire and Rescue.

Later that morning the same crew responded with BC Ambulance Service to help an elderly woman in cardiac arrest. The statement did not provide an update on her condition.

The next day emergency services were called to a fire that destroyed a home at 308 Chatham St., which you can read more about here.

But just four hours after that fire was first reported, a two-car collision at Front and Cedar Streets required firefighters, the Nelson Police Department and BC Ambulance. No one was injured in the accident but traffic was slowed.

Finally, firefighters were called to an apartment fire at 564 Ward St. on Tuesday at 3:49 p.m. when a fire originating in a bathroom began to spread in a second-floor unit.

“We have seen some very serious incidents take place over the past day or so …,” says Nelson fire chief Len MacCharles said in a statement.

”Fortunately, there were no serious injuries or fatalities from the fires and water rescue. It is important to note that emergency response involves a lot of resources from various agencies.

MacCharles also thanked the city’s public works department, Nelson Hydro, Fortis Gas and towing companies for their assistance.

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