Camper van catches fire along Trans-Canada Highway in Mill Bay

Camper van catches fire along Trans-Canada Highway in Mill Bay
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Camper van fire in Mill Bay, Tuesday, June 4, 2024.

An intense camper van fire along the Trans-Canada Highway in Mill Bay caused a lane closure Tuesday afternoon, as flames and smoke spewed from the vehicle.

Video sent to CHEK News shows the older-model van parked near Frayne Road engulfed in flames, while footage posted on Facebook shows a large plume of black smoke.

Mill Bay Fire Capt. Dean Kwasny says the van, an RV conversion, was pulled over safely and the driver, the lone occupant, was able to exit.

According to Kwasny, no one was injured, but the van was badly damaged due to the fire.

“Due to the extent of the fire, the cause will be undetermined,” he told CHEK News. 

Around 4:30 p.m., DriveBC said the highway’s northbound right lane at Frayne was closed.

By 5 p.m., Kwasny said the van fire was out, and firefighters were back at the Mill Bay Fire Hall. A tow truck company was towing the van away. 

Kwasny says it “turned out to be a straightforward vehicle fire,” adding, “Those van conversions have a fibreglass top, so when it burns it causes a lot of smoke.”

He says traffic should be flowing normally by now.

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