Five fire departments were called out to the 4000-block of Highway 19A Wednesday (Nov. 29) for a barn fire. — Lauren Collins photo

Crews battle barn fire in Dashwood off Highway 19A

Highway traffic backed up as responders converge on scene

Traffic was backed up both directions on Highway 19A just north of Qualicum Beach as firefighters and other first responders battled a reported structure fire in Dashwood Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 29, 2017.

Oceanside RCMP have told The NEWS there are no injuries reported in the incident, which is described as a barn fire.

The initial call came in to the Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department shortly before 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. It eventually drew multiple fire departments, Oceanside RCMP and B.C. Ambulance Service members to a property in the 4000 block of Highway 19A, near the intersection of Barton Road.

After traffic was initially stopped in both directions to provide responders access, it has resumed in a single-lane, alternating pattern.

A mutual aid call drew firefighters from the Qualicum Beach, Errington, Coombs-Hilliers and Parksville volunteer fire departments to join Dashwood firefighters. Errington and Parksville firefighters were released from the scene by 3:20 p.m., but other firefighters remained on scene, along with police and ambulance personnel.

With no fire hydrants nearby in the rural region, firefighters pumped from tanker trucks supplied by the Errington and Parksville departments, The NEWS was told.

More updates will be provided as they become available.

— NEWS Staff

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