Single Vehicle Incident Results in Small Grass Fires and Power Outage

Edgewater without power as driver strikes power pole Wednesday

Members of the Edgewater Fire Department responded to two small grass fires this afternoon along Highway 95 north of Radium.

“The first fire was sparked after a vehicle being driven by a lone occupant left the highway, striking a power pole,” explains Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Jim Miller. “Once the lines went down, there was power surge along the line about 1.5km north of the original scene, which resulted in a second grass fire.”

As the call was right on the border between Radium and Edgewater’s Fire Services, five firefighters from Edgewater responded to the two calls along with an additional six members of the Radium Fire Department. The driver sustained minor injuries in the incident; however, was not affected by the fire.

“Everyone worked really cooperatively today and we were able to safely contain and extinguish both fires,” adds Miller. “I’d like to thank BC Hydro, the BC Ambulance Service, RCMP and the crew from the Radium fire department for their assistance on the call.”

BC Hydro has been working to restore power as quickly as possible; however, there are still areas without power including the community of Edgewater.

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