Thursday, May 15, 2014
Smoke and Mirrors
It's a hay day for Chilliwack firefighters when a semi-trailer rolls into town ablaze
Staff/ Voice photos
A Chilliwack firefighter hoses down a semi-trailer load of hay Thursday after it stopped on the side of the Trans Canada Highway near the Vedder Rd. off-ramp.
warm day, tinder-dry hay and hot vehicle exhaust may have been the reasons why a blaze broke out in a load of hay destined for a Prairie Central dairy farm just after 10 a.m. Thursday.
The driver, who's from Chilliwack, picked up his load in Langley and then stopped at Lickman Rd. He had just got back on the freeway eastbound when he saw smoke in his mirrors. He managed to get the rig over to the side just before the off-ramp at Vedder Rd. and call 9-1-1.
RCMP closed the off-ramp
while the Chilliwack fire department moved their trucks in to
extinguish the fire. The City later brought in a front-end loader
and a dump truck to clean it up.
He speculated that the
vehicle's exhaust ignited the load.
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