George Pugh, left, and Dale Hooper of the Summerland Fire Department prepare to extinguish a vehicle fire on Lakeshore Drive near Highway 97 in Summerland. The fire was reported around 9:30 a.m. and was extinguished quickly. John Arendt/Summerland Review

Truck fully engulfed in flames near Summerland

A vehicle caught fire just off Highway 97 south of Summerland

A pickup truck caught fire just off Highway 97 south in Summerland Tuesday morning.

The truck was spotted pulled over on Lakeshore Drive South fully engulfed around 9:30 a.m. RCMP closed Lakeshore for about 30 metres from Highway 97.

Police say a motorist, travelling south, heard a sound from the vehicle and turned on to Lakeshore Drive, where he parked the truck. A mechanical issue is believed to have ignited fuel.

The driver and passenger were both able to escape the vehicle and were both uninjured.

Three fire department vehicles and seven firefighters attended the scene and were able to put out the fire quickly.

A spark from the truck ignited a small patch of grass on the opposite side of the road, but crews were able to snuff out the grass as well.

Firefighter Rob Robinson said an off-duty Abbotsford firefighter at the scene quickly put out the grass fire.

Once they had a better handle on the truck fire, firefighters were seen soaking down the grass one additional time.

 

A truck caught on fire in Summerland on Lakeshore Drive. Photo courtesy of Shaina Dawn Mack