A car caught fire on Silver Star Road Monday, Aug. 24. (Submitted Photo)

Car fire closes Vernon road

Vehicle destroyed by flames en route to Silver Star

The driver of a car that caught fire Monday was able to escape safely, but his car is a writeoff.

“It was destroyed completely,” BX-Swan Lake fire chief Bill Wacey said.

Firefighters were called to the Silver Star Road blaze around 6:30 p.m., Aug. 24, and had to close the road for approximately half an hour while the fire was extinguished.

Traffic was later opened to one lane at the site, approximately two kilometres past Forsberg Road, just before the switchbacks.

“He was driving up the road and all of a sudden he heard a couple big bangs and smoke started coming out of his vehicle,” Wacey said.

The driver tried to pull over, but the narrow road didn’t immediately offer a safe spot.

“By the time he stopped there was actually flames coming out.”

READ MORE: Lumby residents praised for helping to douse fire

READ MORE: Polson Park closed to Vernon traffic


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