*Photos courtesy of Skylar Noe-Vack
Quick action from bystanders and fire crews helped extinguish a fire in an auto body shop before it got out of hand.
Penticton fire crews received a report of smoke coming from an auto body shop on Rosetown Avenue around 5:43 p.m. Monday.
The report came from a person on site. Crews arrived to find fire and smoke coming out of the vehicle bays.
“They gained access and quickly extinguished the fire and prevented it from going to any other parts of the building,” said Fire Chief Wayne Williams.
There was damage done to the vehicle bays and there were two vehicles inside, one of which caught fire.
The fire is not being treated as suspicious.
Williams said an investigation is underway and the fire crews were fortunately on hand.
“We were lucky in two ways. One is that there was someone on site who saw the smoke and called it in early. Second of all, it was a shift change. So we had a lot of fire fighters that were able to get up there and gain an upper hand before it spread,” Williams said.