A small residential fire caused by a backhoe-struck power line was quickly extinguished by the Nelson Fire Department on Tuesday afternoon.

Residential fire quickly extinguished

Victoria Street blaze caused by downed electrical lines that had been struck by a backhoe.

A small basement fire in the 800 block of Victoria Street was quickly extinguished by the Nelson Fire Department on Tuesday morning just after 11:30 a.m.

“It appears a backhoe struck a power line, pulled it off the house and caused the breaker panel to get really hot,” said Rick Maida, at the scene. The breaker then burst into flames.

Upon arrival at the scene, firefighters saw smoke coming from the basement as well as from downed electrical lines in the yard. Their first priority was to shut off power.

Nelson Hydro was able to quickly oblige, allowing the firefighters to enter the building and extinguish the blaze.

All the house’s occupants were able to safely flee the building after the fire alarm alerted them to the danger.

“There were a number of household items up against there that caught fire, electrical wires. The fire was really quick and they knocked it down. But this is an older home without a lot of fire separation, and with a delay this could have easily spread throughout the rest of the home very quickly,” said Maida.

Due to the proximity of nearby homes, the fire could have spread to neighbouring properties. Maida said the event was a potential crisis averted.

All on-duty firefighters arrived at the scene, and were joined by four off-duty members who responded from home. Chief Len MacCharles said he’s pleased with the outcome.

“The first arriving crew made an aggressive attack, preventing the fire from going beyond the area it began. They did a great job,” he said.

The Nelson Fire Department, BC Safety Authority Electrical Branch and Worksafe BC are all investigating the fire.

 

 

Just Posted

School District 8 swears in new board

Four new trustees join the Kootenay Lake board of education

LVR Bombers finish 12th at field hockey provincials

The Bombers salvaged the tournament with a late win in the quarter-finals

Nelson CARES to buy Hall-Front development for affordable housing

A $4.5-million investment from the provincial government has been committed to the deal

Forestry workers set to begin job action in Kootenays

Operations in Castlegar, Cranbrook, Galloway, Elko, Radium, Golden may see job action this week.

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

BC Minister of Agriculture loses stepson to accidental overdose

Lana Popham announces death of her 23-year-old stepson, Dan Sealey

Canadian military’s template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff says that the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing, particularly when it comes to cyber-warfare

‘Toxic’ chosen as the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Other top contenders for 2018 include ‘gaslighting’ and ‘techlash’

RCMP bust illegal B.C. cannabis lab

Marijuana may be legal but altering it using chemicals violates the Cannabis Act

Canada defeats Germany 29-10 in repechage, moves step closer to Rugby World Cup

Hong Kong needs a bonus-point win over Canada — scoring four or more tries — while denying the Canadians a bonus point

Avalanche Canada in desperate need of funding

The organization provides avalanche forecasting for an area larger than the United Kingdom

5 B.C. cities break temperature records

Parts of B.C. remain warm, at 10 C, while others feeling chilly

B.C. teacher’s Amazing Race takes students on Canada-wide adventure

Agassiz high school students say they had the experience of a life time

Most Read