Update: 5:20 p.m. May 30
A detached shop and a tractor on a property near the intersection of Highway 97B and 10th Avenue SE. were destroyed by a fire which started shortly before 12:30 p.m.
Fire Chief Brad Shirley said crews from three of Salmon Arm’s four halls responded to the blaze and were on scene for about three hours.
Crews had to proceed with caution because the powerline had burnt off the shop by the time they arrived.
“We treat electricity very cautiously and not knowing if the power was off we notified hydro immediately,” Shirley said.
As there were no fire hydrants in the immediate area fire crews had to shuttle water to the scene.
The investigation into the cause of the fire will continue tomorrow but Shirley said it was nothing suspicious.
The Salmon Arm Fire Department has responded to a structure fire at approximately 12:30 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 97B and 10th Avenue SE.
Heavy black smoke is emanating from the structure, which is reported to be a barn, and a power line is down in the area.
Highway 97B has been closed at the intersection of 10th Avenue SE and motorists are advised to avoid the area. Fire crews are working on getting traffic moving, and it appears vehicles are moving northbound on the highway but not southbound.
A reporter has been sent to the scene and more information will be provided as it becomes available.