The Hope Fire Department had their hands full dealing with three fires over the past few weeks.
Five firefighters arrived on scene last Thursday (March 2), on Highway 1 near exit 153, to find that the b-train trailer of a semi truck had caught on fire.
“The driver managed to disconnect the affected trailer after attempting to control the fire with an extinguisher,” said Hope Fire Chief Thomas Cameron. “The transport truck was hauling concrete pavers and approximately six pallets of the cargo sustained damage in the fire.”
Nobody was injured, and it is suspected that the fire started due to the trailer brakes overheating.
About 15 hours later, Friday afternoon (March 3), six firefighters attended a homeless encampment fire that had spread to a nearby camper, in the 1000 block of Water Avenue. The District of Hope Operations Department helped firefighters gain access to the site.
“One structure burnt to the ground and the other suffered significant damage,” Cameron said. “The initial report from the occupant indicated that the cause of the fire was due to an unsupervised candle that was lit while the occupant was sleeping.”
The fire remains under investigation. No injuries were reported.
Seven firefighters also arrived on scene on Feb. 24, at a residential home in the 500 block of 5th Avenue, and found that a small fire had started in the laundry room. The blaze was put out in half an hour. Its cause is still under investigation.
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