Suzanne Webb

Despite causing a huge smear on the city’s skyline, officials say the barge fire on the Selkirk waterway won’t be investigated further.

Battalion Chief Wayne Moody cited the “high risk/low reward” aspect of such an investigation. “The fire is going to remain classified as undetermined,” Moody told the Times Colonist on Saturday. “Most likely it was caused by probably a bit of residual fuel in a tank… But that’s just a guess — an educated guess on what’s happened historically there.”

The fire occurred near 2940 Jutland Road, and continued from 2:10 pm to around 4:30 pm.

Photo by James Tozer

Firefighters and coastguard worked in tandem to put out the blaze, using a boom around the boat to prevent contaminants from falling into the water.

One worker was also seen spraying a small hose from atop the barge, while the crane moved cars above him.

Last August, a similar barge collapsed in the Gorge Waterway.

Victoria Buzz also captured video of the scene:

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