Truck fire cause of Alaska Highway closure on Monday evening

The truck that caught fire near Mile 54 of the Alaska Highway on Monday evening. Photo by Charlie Lake Fire Department.

CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – A pickup truck that caught fire on Monday evening caused several headaches for motorists heading home from Thanksgiving dinner.

The Charlie Lake Fire Department received the report of a vehicle fire at around 7:15 p.m., and dispatched three trucks and 15 firefighters to the scene near Mile 54 of the Alaska Highway. According to Deputy Fire Chief Dale Widsten, crews closed the highway in both directions for approximately 30 minutes while they got the fire under control. The highway reopened to traffic at around 7:45 p.m.

According to Widsten, the driver of the late-2000’s vintage Dodge pickup truck was headed southbound on the highway when they noticed smoke emanating from the vehicle. The motorist exited the vehicle, after which the vehicle caught fire. The motorist was unharmed in the fire. Widsten says that the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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