Submitted This photo shows how close the Jeep was to the home.

Neighbours ‘save the day’ when Jeep starts on fire

Damage could have been much worse if neighbours hadn’t pitched into help with Jeep fire in Keremeos

The quick actions of neighbours minimized damage after a Jeep caught fire in a driveway of a home on 2nd Avenue Friday morning.

Jordy Bosscha, the Keremeos Volunteer Fire Department fire chief, said the neighbours “saved the day.”

“There was another vehicle parked right beside, so one neighbour jumped in and moved it and the other neighbour across the way hooked a chain up to the back of the Jeep and pulled it away from the house.”

“It was very quick thinking and definitely saved of lot of property damage to the house.”

Bosshca said when firefighters arrived the Jeep was still fully engulfed in flames.

“Fortunately, the fire was in the front motor component and the back end was on fire and not near the gas tank. Gas tanks don’t explode, not like in the movies. Tires probably explode more than gas tanks,” he said.

Bosscha said because of work and other commitments only five volunteer firefighters attended the fire. Three went out on the first truck and two on the second.

“We’d definitely like more. It’s less stressful the more people you have on a call. When we have fewer people it means more multitasking,” he said.

Several new recruits have come forward and are currently doing training.

Bosscha said the department is always accepting applications for new recruits.

Just Posted

Storm knocks out power

Storm rolls through Okanagan causing damage

Vernon Search and Rescue’s helicopter winch team aids woman in medical distress

Woman airlifted from mountainous terrain near Coldstream Sunday

Penticton Fire Department called out for early morning fire at the Cannery Trade Centre

Fire at the heritage building was contained by firefighters

Penticton Elvis Festival wraps up 17th year

Steve Sogura tops pro category for 2018

Penticton Beach Cruise brings record number of vehicles

Annual car show maxes out at 850 vehicles

Powwow – “teaching others how to be teachable”

The annual Indigenous Day powwow at the Shatford Centre

Kamloops Fire Centre reports 3 new fires in area, all lightning-sparked

Includes a 0.3-ha. fire east of Penticton, 0.01-ha. fire by Merritt and a 1.77-ha. fire near Lytton

Reel Reviews: Playing Tag with the Incredibles

The conclusion: “Both these movies are exactly what you’d expect.”

Man shot dead in Surrey ID’d as hockey coach and father of two

Murder of Paul Bennett – a respected Peace Arch Hospital worker and ‘champion of sport’ – ‘not random’

Serial killer Robert Pickton transferred to Quebec: victim’s family

Pickton was convicted in December 2007 of six counts of second degree murder

Mabel Lake Road roll over claims life

Armstrong man died in hospital after single vehicle roll over June 18

Thunder, strong winds possible for Okanagan

Environment Canada released the special weather statement Sunday afternoon

UPDATE: Missing dog from high velocity Kelowna car crash found

Jewels is recovering in the comfort of her home

Most Read