Monday, July 22, 2024

Saanich firefighters extinguish dramatic semi-truck malfunction at University Heights


One commercial semi-truck driver was uninjured but shaken following a dramatic vehicle fire at University Heights Tuesday morning.

At approximately 10:50 a.m., the Saanich Fire Department received reports of a vehicle fire at university heights.

When firefighters arrived, they saw smoke billowing from the front of the vehicle and witnesses watching the growing cloud from a distance.

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“We arrived and saw steam and smoke coming from the front of the vehicle and engine compartment,” Saanich Fire Captain Manhas. “We cooled it down with a hose line which mitigated the scene and brought everyone to a calm place.”

“Then we turned our attention to a storm drain nearby because whenever you cool down vehicles contaminants can spread.”

Firefighters then blocked off the storm drain with a spill kit and notified municipality’s civil engineering department.

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Moving forward, Saanich Fire believes that the commercial truck’s parent company will work with the municipality and University Heights Shopping Centre to investigate any contaminants in the area, like fuel or coolant spills.

No injuries were reported from the incident, and the cause of the engine smoke is under investigation.

Adam Chan
Former Staff Writer at Victoria Buzz.

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