Thunderstorm sends firefighters scrambling

Saturday’s thunderstorm had alarming consequences.

At 4 p.m., firefighters were called out to a number of fire alarms in the city.

Firefighters were first dispatched to Askew’s Downtown, with another alarm sounding at the Salmar Classic at the same time.

Nine minutes later, an alarm sounded at First United Church.

“It was likely lightning, it often causes a surge in the power that activates alarms,” says fire chief Brad Shirley.

At 4:52 p.m. firefighters were again dispatched, this time to a power pole fire in the alley between the Matchbox and the downtown branch of Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union.

“There were no major events, but we had a number of trucks running around the area,” Shirley said, noting the Salmon Arm Fire Department assisted the Ranchero Firehall Friday night at a fire by supplying a Gleneden Hall tender to shuttle water.


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