Logging truck catches fire outside of Fort St. John – Update

 
Photo: Fire crews work on extinguishing the truck fire on Friday afternoon – Amber Davy/Energeticcity.ca

* Update – (5:00 p.m.) The Alaska Highway has been reopened. Taylor Fire Chief Mike Ryder says the exact cause of fire has yet to be determined, but it’s looking like the truck experienced mechanical failure. Ryder says the driver of the truck had no injuries. The incident held up traffic for a couple of hours.

A logging truck caught fire on the outskirts of Fort St. John on Friday afternoon.

Fire Chief Fred Burrows says the Fort St. John fire department recieved a call that there was a truck fire and attended the scene.

The truck burst into flames on the Alaska Highway, near the Alcan Trailer Park, at around 2:20p.m.

The area is in the Taylor Fire Department’s jurisdiction, so the local fire department helped contain the fire until Taylor fire crews arrived.

Chief Burrows says the cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

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At last word, crews have since extinguished the fire, and are cleaning up the scene.

Burrows says the truck had a full load of logs on it, and the truck driver is alright.

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There are detours in place – motorists are asked to use road 255, road 107, road 253, and road 238T until further notice.

For updates on road conditions, visit www.drivebc.ca


Photo: The fire caused severe damage to this log truck – Amber Davy/Energeticcity.ca