In Pictures: A dramatic fire on Downie Street — UPDATED!
By David F. Rooney
Fire gutted a mobile home at 1105 Downie Street on Thursday afternoon and although no one was injured, it did throw a scare into some residents due to its proximity to a large propane tank and a wood yard at Downie Street Sawmills.
Three trucks responded to the first alarm about the fire. The cause has yet to be determined. Area resident Diane Lang said the unit was occupied by a single man who was at work when the fire occurred.
However, while the man is fine some of his friends are concerned about the whereabouts of his pet, a friendly black and brown dog with a white chest.
“Some people thought they saw him over on Moss Street,” Roma Threatful told The Current.
A later report said Boxer died in the fire, but Fire Chief Rob Girard said the animal’s body was not found in the ruins of the trailer when it was finally pulled apart.
In mid afternoon of Monday August 25 at 3 pm, Revelstoke Fire “Upon arrival Fire Crews observed heavy smoke and flame coming from a mobile home at the rear of the trailer park,” said Fire Chief Rob Girard.
“There we no occupants of the building when fire crews first arrived on scene, however, we have reports of a family pet not being accounted for at this time.”
He said fire crews were on the look out for the animal’s body when they were pulling the smouldering structure apart but didn’t see it.
“…We were looking when it was being pulled apart,” Chief Girard told The Current. “I heard a dog was spotted on the Greenbelt, I gather it wasn’t that dog?”
At this point no one knows, but if you spot Boxer, who has a brown and black coat with a white patch on his chest please call Animal Control at 250-837-4747.
Firefighters extinguished and overhauled the fire in just under 3 hours, with the aid of an excavator with an initial response time of just under 5 minutes by career staff.”
The fire Department responded with 3 engines and a command vehicle with no injuries to any of the 24 responding fire personnel.
“Fire spread was minimized because of the quick response by Engine One. The structure on fire was directly… Downie Timber Ltd., which was a priority to protect in our strategies and tactics.”
Girard indicated that the fire is under investigation by Fire Inspector Roger Echlin.