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Fire destroys Downie Street trailer

Revelstoke firefighters spray water on a raging trailer fire on Downie Street on Monday. - Jef Kline
Revelstoke firefighters spray water on a raging trailer fire on Downie Street on Monday.
— image credit: Jef Kline

A fire destroyed a trailer on Downie Street on Monday, but a quick response by the Revelstoke fire department prevented it from spreading to the neighbouring mill and propane tanks.

The fire started at about 2:45 p.m. in a trailer on the 1100 block of Downie Street. Witnesses say it didn't take long for the trailer to be engulfed in flames.

It was a hazardous situation, with the trailer abutting the Downie Timber mill and several large propane tanks nearby. The fire could be seen and smelled all the way from downtown.

A call quickly went out to Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services, who showed up on scene with a full complement of career and volunteer firefighters.

They began an attack to bring the fire under control and prevented it from spreading to the mill, as well as a neighbouring trailer that was mere metres away.

While the fire was brought under control, it continued to burn in the floor of the trailer. An excavator was brought in to tear apart the shell of the trailer to allow firefighters to attack the blaze directly. Flames could still be seen more than two hours after the fire started.

No one was hurt in the fire, however one dog was said to have been inside the trailer when the fire started and was missing. There were two people living in the trailer, one who had a place to stay and the other who was being assisted by Emergency Social Services.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Revelstoke firefighters continue to battle the blaze hours after it started on Monday afternoon.

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