Fire destroys truck in rollover at Violin Lake

A mud bog adventure in the backcountry above West Trail ended in a burned, blackened and upturned 4-wheel-drive truck on Monday afternoon.

A mud bog adventure in the backcountry above West Trail ended in a burned, blackened and upturned four-wheel-drive truck on Monday afternoon.

KBRFR firefighters were called to the Violin Lake area up behind the city when West Trail residents called 9-1-1 after noticing a column of black smoke curling up from the forest.

Ministry of Forests crews responded as well to the report of a single vehicle rolled over on its roof in the boggy backcountry.

By the time a fire crew arrived in a KBRFR pickup truck, the upturned truck was totally destroyed by fire.

“Because it was in such a remote area we couldn’t access it with one of our engines,” said Martin.

Nobody injured in the accident.

Some West Kootenay ATV club members were up in the area and were instrumental in getting some of the firefighting personnel to the scene in a very quick manner.

“They stayed on scene and tried to fight the fire themselves,” said Martin. “They did a great job.”

Martin said they weren’t sure as to what caused the actual fire but the vehicle was on its roof when they arrived.