A dramatic RV fire near Griffin Lake about 15 kilometres west of Revelstoke in the afternoon of Sunday

RV fire closes Trans-Canada

An RV went up in smoke in a dramatic blaze that disrupted traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke on Sunday, May 6.

An RV went up in smoke in a dramatic blaze that disrupted traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke on Sunday, May 6.

Revelstoke RCMP spokesperson Staff-Sgt. Jacquie Olsen said the driver was towing the camper when noticed smoke coming from the trailer.

He pulled over and managed to unhook his truck before the unit was fully engulfed.

The incident happened near Griffin Lake, roughly 15 kilometres west of Revelstoke.

The location is outside of the Revelstoke fire protection area, so fire trucks did not respond.

The only option was to let the truck burn out, which included several dramatic propane tank explosions.

The highway was closed for some time, then later opened to single-lane alternating traffic.

A preliminary investigation pointed towards the battery compartment in the trailer as the cause.

Nobody was injured in the incident.

 

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