FIRE CALLS: Cause of tree fire a mystery

No one was injured in the small fire and there was only minimal damage to a nearby fence.

A backyard fire in the 800 block of Kit Crescent (right) remains a mystery.

Fire Chief Ian Baikie said other than the dry conditions, there was no obvious cause for the fire that started in a single cedar tree.

Baikie said no one was injured in the small fire and there was only minimal damage to a nearby fence.

Baikie said fire crews were on scene five minutes after the fire was called in Monday morning and the fire was quickly put out.

Gas line hit

It was a classic example of why builders are encouraged to call before they dig.

A residential gas line on Ash Street was hit by an excavator on Tuesday morning.

Fire Chief Ian Baikie said the excavator was digging in a homeowner’s yard when the line was hit, which prompted a response from fire crews. No one was injured but Baikie said it’s a reminder of why people are asked to call before they dig. BC OneCall encourages anyone digging in the ground to first call 1-800-474-6886 to avoid hitting a gas line.

Three-car crash

A three-car accident temporarily shut down part of the north Island Highway Monday morning. There were no serious injuries but Fire Chief Ian Baikie said a section of Highway 19A, near Race Point Road, was shut down around 8 a.m. for a short time while the scene was being cleared. Campbell River RCMP said two vehicles slowed down after their view was obstructed from the glare of the sun and they were rear-ended by a third vehicle driving down the highway.