Michael Magdalenich’s Ford F250 truck was a complete write-off, his work ladders melting from the ladder racks, after the fire in the 2100-block of Neil Street that started just after 3 a.m. Dec. 28. (Michael Magdalenich photo)

VIDEO: Dramatic blaze leaves B.C. contractor without work truck

Fire so hot it melted work ladders, destroyed truck

A B.C. roofing contractor is wondering when he’ll be able to get back to work after his 3-year-old work truck went up in flames during a dramatic fire early Friday morning.

Waking up to a loud bang just after 3 a.m., Michael Magdalenich said he looked outside his window to find the truck fully engulfed.

The Oak Bay Fire Department responded to his 9-1-1 call and were on scene in the 2100-block of Neil Street until close to 5:30 a.m. working to get the fire under control. The Ford F250 truck was a complete write-off, with work ladders melting from the ladder racks.

“There was nothing left of my truck,” Magdalenich said. “The fire crews were here for over two hours. It just wouldn’t go out.”

Magdalenich is dealing with the loss of his truck and wallet, which was in the truck at the time of the blaze, during the week between Christmas and New Year’s – a notoriously difficult time to get anything done as most government offices are shut for the week.

“I put a claim in but I can’t even get anything dealt with until after New Year’s,” said Magdalenich.

ALSO READ: Oak Bay Fire names a new deputy chief

ALSO READ: Oak Bay Fire Chief Dave Cockle to retire

The Oak Bay Fire Department said Saturday that the fire is still under investigation.

While the fire has not yet been deemed suspicious, Magdalenich is concerned.

“I don’t think it is possible for a fire like that to start on its own, so it makes you really wonder why anyone would do that,” said Magdalenich. “I just hope they don’t come back. It’s one thing for it to be a truck, it is another for my house and family.”


 

keri.coles@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Michael Magdalenich’s Ford F250 truck was a complete write-off, his work ladders melting from the ladder racks, after the fire in the 2100-block of Neil Street that started just after 3 a.m. Dec. 28. (Michael Magdalenich photo)

Michael Magdalenich’s Ford F250 truck was a complete write-off, his work ladders melting from the ladder racks, after the fire in the 2100-block of Neil Street that started just after 3 a.m. Dec. 28. (Michael Magdalenich photo)

Michael Magdalenich’s Ford F250 truck was a complete write-off, his work ladders melting from the ladder racks, after the fire in the 2100-block of Neil Street that started just after 3 a.m. Dec. 28. (Michael Magdalenich photo)

Michael Magdalenich’s Ford F250 truck was a complete write-off, his work ladders melting from the ladder racks, after the fire in the 2100-block of Neil Street that started just after 3 a.m. Dec. 28. (Michael Magdalenich photo)

Michael Magdalenich’s Ford F250 truck was a complete write-off, his work ladders melting from the ladder racks, after the fire in the 2100-block of Neil Street that started just after 3 a.m. Dec. 28. (Michael Magdalenich photo)

Just Posted

In photos and video: Snow collapses cat shelter at Shuswap SPCA

Organization says no cats were injured, help wanted to rebuild

Flooding water at West Kelowna Tim Hortons closes lane on Highway 97

This story has been updated with more accurate information. Water flooding from… Continue reading

Chinese New Year brings subdued celebrations in Salmon Arm

Local family to mark the start of the New Year but will be missing family in China

Habitat for Humanity helps Sepwepemc families build houses near Chase

Homes intended for current families and generations to come

VIDEO: Mass coronavirus quarantines seen in China won’t happen in Canada, authorities say

‘If a case comes here, and it is probably … it will still be business as normal’

Campfires no longer permitted at Kelowna scout camp

City of Kelowna said they rejected Camp Dunlop’s fire permit due to stricter bylaws

Province’s oldest practising lawyer shares advice at her 100th birthday party

Firefighters bring Constance Isherwood a cake with 100 birthday candles

Dirt Road Opera to serenade audience with upcoming Sorrento show

Cod Gone Wild fiddler Susan Aylard hosts January concert at Maples Waterfront Resort

Okanagan team leads animal rescue efforts in Australia

Brad Pattison’s team arrived in Sydney on Monday

Vernon woman suing McDonald’s for spilled coffee

Woman seeking nearly $10K, says employee failed to put lid on properly

Diners’ health tax not catching on in B.C., restaurant group says

Small businesses look for options to cover employer health tax

B.C. comic wins judgment after club owner slaps cellphone out of his hands

Incident happened last summer when Garrett Clark was performing in Abbotsford

Salmon Arm history in pictures: Farm fire

Museum asks for help to identify when and where photo was taken

Most Read