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Tow truck fire stalls traffic

Another vehicle fire has kept Lake Country fire crews busy on the new section of Hwy. 97 between Oyama and Lake Country.

For the second time Monday crews were called to the scene. This time a tow truck caught on fire just a few clicks from where a logging truck caught fire earlier Monday.

“Different lane, different direction this time,” says Lake Country deputy fire chief, Brent Penner. “Same stretch of highway though, headed north towards Vernon.”

Penner says this time, the driver of a tow truck was heading northbound when he noticed smoke coming in beside him. 

“It is unknown what caused the fire but the driver noticed there was smoke coming into the passenger compartment by his gas pedal. So, he pulled over to the side of the road to investigate and the fire took off.”

The highway was closed northbound for a short time while crews dealt with the blaze.

The driver was able to get out safely and no one was injured.

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