July 22, 2015 - Vehicle Fire - AFD Response Details

July 23, 2015/ For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 7:34 p.m., the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of a vehicle fire located southbound on Highway #2, north of the exit leading to Yankee Valley Boulevard.

On arrival fire crews reported that a mid-sized car was on the right shoulder of the road with a working fire coming from the engine compartment. The blaze had quickly spread, consuming the tire on the driver’s side of the vehicle sending a plume of dark, black smoke into the sky.

The driver of the car initially noticed what he thought was steam in his rear view mirror. After he had pulled to the shoulder to investigate, a passerby stopped and told him that his car was actually on fire. Shortly after, Fire Dispatch received numerous calls for this incident through the 911 system.

Prior to the arrival of the Fire Department, Airdrie RCMP cordoned off the immediate area to safely divert passing traffic and ensure access to the scene by attending fire crews.

Once firefighters arrived they worked quickly to control and extinguish the blaze by using both water and firefighting foam.

There were no injuries reported.

The cause of the fire and final damage estimates remain under investigation by the Fire Prevention Bureau.

Three pieces of apparatus and nine firefighters were on scene.


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