It was a busy Wednesday night for emergency crews in Campbell River.

Yesterday (Apr. 7th) at 7:12 pm, Fire Chief Thomas Doherty tells Vista Radio that his team was called out to a motor vehicle accident on Highway 19, just North of the Browns Bay turn off.

“Crews located a vehicle that had rolled over down a steep embankment,” he explains. “Crews used their rope rescue equipment to climb down to the vehicle and check for any trapped patients or any patients that may have been thrown from the vehicle.”

Doherty says there was one man in the car, and he was able to escape and climb up to the roadway all on his own. The driver was treated by BC Ambulance when they arrived on scene.

A few hours later at around 10:00 pm, Doherty says crews then responded to a house fire in the 500 Block of Edgewood Drive.

“When crews arrived, the family that was home at the time of the fire had evacuated safely. Crews isolated the fire to a natural gas fireplace in the living room area on the ground floor level of the two-story home.”

According to Doherty, one person was assessed by BC Ambulance on scene as a precaution. However, they weren’t sent to hospital.

Doherty says the home owner’s quick action and use of a portable fire extinguisher helped to stop the blaze from spreading.

“Fire Crews shut off the natural gas to the home as the home had a significant amount of natural gas leaking from the fireplace creating a very dangerous situation,” he adds.

While the fire itself was contained to the fireplace unit and did not spread to the walls, Doherty says crews did ventilate the building from smoke and gas.