Vehicle fire near Peachland

Fire crews responded to a vehicle fire near Trepanier Bench Road Friday night

Emergency crews responded to reports of a vehicle fire near Trepanier Bench Road last night.

At around 7:50 p.m. Peachland fire crews responded to the blaze, according to fire chief Dennis Craig.

People were also be stopped from going up the road to a gravel pit in the area.

Vancouver resident Pat Maase spotted what he thought was the start of a potentially troubling fire, driving down the Coquihalla Connector Friday night.

Maase said there was thick grey smoke billowing out of a canyon near Trepanier Road around 8:30 p.m.

“It was down a big canyon and there was a lot of smoke coming out of there,” said Maase. “I couldn’t quite see what was burning but it was in a largely forested area.”

Maase reported the fire to the BC Wildfire Service, using the *5555 service on his cell phone.

“She asked if it could be a campfire or a house fire,” he said. “I couldn’t see. It could have been a house or a vehicle. It was that much smoke. Much bigger than a campfire.”

The story will be updated as information becomes available.

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