Vehicle fire “stubborn” for firefighters

FALL RIVER: Firefighters described a vehicle fire on May 21 that closed a portion of Fall River Road just past the LWF Hall as “stubborn.”

Flames engulf the Ford Escape as a police cruiser blocks Fall River Road shortly after 9 a.m. on May 21. (Cameron photo)

Shortly after 9 a.m., firefighters from Station 45 were paged out to a vehicle on fire in the 800 block of Fall River Road. It was just next to the cul-de-sac Metzler Court.

Upon arrival, Station Chief Nick Yeomans said the Burgundy Ford Escape was fully engulfed. A trail of gas could be seen on Fall River Road from about where Richardson Drive is to the location where the driver came to a stop and the vehicle was engulfed as the gas tank let go. That’s when Yeomans requested the tanker to the scene as well.

Halifax Water and Nova Scotia Environment were also asked to attend as the vehicle, which was hauling a wood chipping machine, had just filled up with fuel. That fuel leaked out into the ditch and was heading for Kinsac Lake. A strong smell of gasoline was present.

Halifax District RCMP officers provided traffic control, directing traffic one way at a time while firefighters worked. The road was closed until fire crews got the conflagration extinguished.

The scene was cleared at about 10:30 a.m.

The driver—the lone occupant in the vehicle—got out safely and was not injured.

Firefighters Stephanie Pentland (left) and Pam Wolodka work together to unhook a hose line as firefighters clean up at about 10:30 a.m. from the scene. (Healey photo)