A pair of motorists are lucky to be alive after a dramatic fire engulfed their motorhome Friday morning on the Mary Hill Bypass in PoCo.
Port Coquitlam fire chief Nick Delmonico told the Tri-Cities NOW fire crews received word that a large, older-model RV was surrounded by flames near Pitt River Road at about 9:30 a.m. Both the driver and passenger managed to escape uninjured, though the vehicle was completely destroyed.
Traffic was also severely backed up for much of the morning.
A series of propane tanks on board the vehicle also caught fire, causing firefighters to temporarily run out of water and attack the blaze from a neighbouring housing development.
There were no reports of damage to nearby properties.
"A couple of [the propane tanks] exploded and a couple of them ... fuelled the fire and
made it worse," Delmonico said.
"It should have burnt out a lot quicker than it did, but the tanks kept fuelling the fire," he added.
"We had to take a defensive posture a fair ways back."
No cause had been determined as of Monday morning, and Delmonico could not provide a damage estimate for the motorhome.
"Because we had to sit back for so long and let it burn ... it was just a burned-out wreck by the time it was done," he said.
Submitted Photo By Ron Paley / Firefighters used water from a nearby townhouse to douse an RV Friday, after their source temporarily ran out.;
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