Fire at Whiskey Creek gas station, Highway 4 has reopened

Fire at Whiskey Creek gas station, Highway 4 has reopened
Firefighters responding to a gas station fire in Whiskey Creek Thursday.

UPDATE: A stretch of Highway 4 has reopened following a large fire at a gas station in Whiskey Creek.

The fire sparked at the Mid-Island Co-op located along Highway 4, near Epron Rd.

Highway 4 is the route that connects the Inland Island Highway to Port Alberni.

In videos posted to Facebook from passing cars, a white van, which is parked under the Co-op roof located over the pumps, can be seen engulfed in flames.

Thick black smoke can be seen billowing from the gas station lot over the highway.

“Came around the corner there and all you could see was big black smoke coming and next thing you know you get a little closer and all you can see is the RV that was in the gas station there and it’s completely engulfed in flames,” witness James Colby Walker told CHEK News.

Henk Holtkamb, another witness, explains what he saw and heard as he was stopped on the highway.

“Heavy heavy smoke and flames going up and so we stopped here and all of a sudden there were big explosions,”


Numerous mid-Island fire departments responded to the blaze and are continuing to deal with hot spots. As crews continue to work on the scene, images from after the fire show that the structure, as well as the white van, appear to have sustained significant damage.

At this point, the cause of the fire is unknown. It is also not clear whether anyone has been hurt as a result of the blaze.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is learned.

Courtesy of Chris Cappellani

Courtesy of Chris Cappellani


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