Salmon Arm firefighters respond to a blaze in the 3000 block of 40th Street NE about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm firefighters respond to a blaze in the 3000 block of 40th Street NE about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

UPDATE: Salmon Arm firefighters extinguish barn fire on 40th Street NE

Dry terrain and temperatures above 40 C heightened the danger of blaze spreading

Update 7:30 p.m.:

Salmon Arm firefighters remained at the site of an earlier barn fire in the 3000 block of 40th Street NE about 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29.

Emergency crews were called out about 4:15 p.m. when thick plumes of black smoke could be seen at the top of the hill between Salmon Arm and Canoe. Along with firefighters there were police, ambulance personnel and a Wildfire BC crew on site at times throughout the afternoon and evening.

Although unconfirmed, a few bystanders said they thought there may have been vintage vehicles in the barn. Flames were reported to be about 20 feet in the air at one point. One person said several bangs were heard after the fire started.

With the ground tinder dry and temperatures higher than 40 C, a common fear was that the fire would spread. One bystander remarked it was lucky there was no wind.

Although the smoke had dwindled to sparse grey clouds by about 5:30 p.m., emergency crews remained on guard.

Traffic was being re-routed to make way for crews.

In a video shared on Facebook, neighbour Scott Hutchinson said the fire travelled about 350 feet to reach his property where it burned a portion of his field.

Original:

Salmon Arm firefighters are responding to a reported structure fire at a property along 40th Street NE.

A plume of black smoke can be seen billowing from the property in the 3,000 block along 40th. People near the scene are reporting it to be a structure fire involving a barn.

The road near the property is currently closed to traffic.

Firefighters and RCMP are on the scene.


martha.wickett@saobserver.net
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