Fischer’s home, in construction mode, was grazed by the fire that erupted in a golf cart plugged in around 10 feet from his home. The fire was put out within minutes by quick thinking neighbours with fire hoses and a fire extinguisher on the evening of May 4, 2020. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

‘A close call’: Golf cart left charging ignites near home on Kawkawa Lake Road

Neighbours with water hoses quickly put out the fire which sent flames metres up in the air

Mark Fischer was heading back to his future retirement home at Kawkawa Lake, currently under construction, when he saw fire trucks heading in that direction.

That’s the wrong direction, he thought. Yet it was his home crews were headed to, attending to a fire which ignited in a golf cart parked around 10 feet from his home build. Flames from the burning cart leapt as high as a telephone pole, a neighbour said, and neighbours from all directions quickly sprang into action to put them out.

Within a matter of minutes, the fire had been put out. Fire crews arrived shortly after this, fresh from a medical call on Commission Street. And shortly after this, around 5:45 p.m., the Hope Standard arrived on the scene.

The golf cart still smelled of burned rubber at this time, it had been moved from near the home where flames had eaten off some of the home’s new siding. “There isn’t any structural damage, I think,” Fischer said of the superficial damage. While more work is required on his new home, Fischer said luckily no one was hurt in the fire.

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A fire erupted from a charging golf cart next to a home on Kawkawa Lake Road Monday, May 4. Neighbours said they saw flames higher than a telephone pole and as wide as nearby fir trees. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

One fire engine and another fire truck attended the scene of a fire in an electric golf cart at a home on Kawkawa Lake Road adjacent to the lake in the early evening of May 4, 2020. By the time crews arrived, neighbours said the fire had been extinguished by neighbours with fire hoses. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

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