Greenwich, Wolfville firefighters respond to vehicle fire in blizzard

John Decoste
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Kentville firefighters called to chimney fire

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Local firefighters couldn’t stay inside where it was warm this morning.

Greenwich firefighters responded shortly after 8:30 a.m. to a report of a vehicle on fire on Highway 1 near Hennigar's Farm Market. On their arrival, they found a taxi van fully involved on the highway in front of the Stirling's warehouse.

Traffic was already slowed by blizzard conditions at the time of the fire.

Kings RCMP closed Highway 1 in both directions while firefighters were occupied extinguishing the fire. A tanker from Wolfville was dispatched in mutual aid, as the area of the fire scene was not serviced by municipal hydrants, but it turned out the mutual aid assistance was not required.

Chief Dave Miller reported there were no injuries as a result of the blaze. No firefighters were injured, but they were "pretty cold by the time we were done."

The cause was "probably something mechanical,” Miller said.

“It appears either the heater or the wiring on the fan caught fire. Running a vehicle heater on high for any length of time in this kind of weather can put quite a strain on it."

Other departments were also busy Jan. 3.  Also shortly after 8:30 a.m. Friday, Kentville firefighters responded to a chimney fire on South Bishop Road in Coldbrook.

Firefighters were clear of both fire scenes by 9:30 a.m.

Geographic location: Greenwich, Wolfville, Kentville South Bishop Road Coldbrook

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