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Nanoose Bay rews put out RV fire that spread to bush

Nanoose Bay fire crews extinguished an RV fire that spread to a nearby bush and slowed traffic on Highway 19 on Saturday afternoon. The Nanoose Volunteer Fire Department was called just after 3 p.m.

Nanoose Bay fire crews extinguished an RV fire that spread to a nearby bush and slowed traffic on Highway 19 on Saturday afternoon.

The Nanoose Volunteer Fire Department was called just after 3 p.m. to an RV on fire on the highway at the top of a hil south of Dawson Road. When crews arrived, they found the fire had spread to the bush. Fire chief Doug Penny estimated the size of the fire at about a quarter of a hectare.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire by about 5:30 p.m., but the RV was destroyed.

Penny said the cause of the fire is unknown, but he suspects the vehicle overheated after climbing two hills in quick succession.

The blaze closed one of the two northbound lanes, slowing traffic through the area.