A fire at Courtenay Arbutus RV in Merville destroyed a couple of recreational vehicles, as well as a propane tank storage shed, which housed several propane tanks. Photo by Terry Farrell

UPDATED: Fire at Courtenay Arbutus RV in Merville

Blaze spread to propane tank shed, causing concern

A fire at Courtenay Arbutus RV in Merville Monday evening has destroyed one fifth-wheel trailer, extensively damaged another, and spread to a storage shed that housed propane cylinders.

Firefighters from Courtenay and Oyster River responded to the blaze.

“On arrival we found one trailer fully involved, with [fire] extending to another trailer, and a building on the side,” said Greg Lamb, of the Courtenay Fire Department.

The building was a small shed used to store propane tanks, causing concern for the firefighters on hand.

“That is the building where they house all their propane tanks, and there [were] multiple propane tanks around that building,” said Lamb. “We were able to cool that off before any explosions happened.

“Any time you are dealing with any kind of compressed gas, there is always the danger of explosion, and you want to cool it as quickly as you can.”

There were some small explosions heard during the fire. Lamb said it’s possible those were smaller fuel canisters.

“Those little explosions could have been small cans, or the tires themselves.”

The investigation into the cause of the fire continues.

 

Just Posted

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

GoodLife marathon helps enrich lives, share stories

Seniors’ care one of many causes supported by GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon

Central Saanich strawberry farmer reports bumper crop

Strawberry season could last well into October

Oak Bay community invited to News’ 5th annual readers tea

Oak Bay News, Carlton House host Sept. 17 afternoon tea

Tour Government House and other homes, enjoy art along the way

The Art Gallery’s 66th annual House Tour features artists at work, artistic floral displays

VIDEO: Greater Victoria, here’s the news you missed this weekend

Tragic bus crash, Pacific FC win and Terry Fox runs

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Federal party leaders address gun violence after weekend shooting near Toronto

One teen was killed and five people injured in the shooting

Scheer makes quick campaign stop in Comox

Conservative leader highlights tax promises early in campaign

Conservatives promise tax cut that they say will address Liberal increases

Scheer says the cut would apply to the lowest income bracket

B.C. VIEWS: Cutting wood waste produces some bleeding

Value-added industry slowly grows as big sawmills close

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

Coming Home: B.C. fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

Most Read