It seems Nunns Creek Park in Campbell River is becoming a frequent stop for fire crews in town. Over the weekend, fire chief Thomas Doherty says firefighters were called to extinguish another blaze, this time beside the skate park.
At around 9:20 pm yesterday (Sunday), Doherty says a porta-potty within the 16th Ave. park caught on fire. “The cause of the fire actually was accidental. The individuals on-site had fallen asleep with some smokey materials and started that fire,” he says.
According to Doherty, no injuries were reported, with the fire contained to a small area outside the porta-potty.
But he finds his team is being called to this particular area more than usual. “We’re starting to see more and more calls,” Doherty explains.
“Obviously, with the vulnerable population that is in the downtown area, it is causing some concern and an increase in call volume.”
Back on Sept. 2nd, Campbell River Fire was called to Nunns Creek Park to extinguish a reported blaze. And once on scene, Doherty told My Campbell River Now that crews actually stumbled across a second fire.
No injuries were reported and both fires were put out fairly quickly. They were smaller in size, with the first in a “makeshift camp” area surrounded by wood structures. As for the second blaze, people were reportedly using it as a campfire. At the time, Campbell River was still under a campfire ban.
Weekend Fire Calls:
This past weekend, fire chief Doherty tells our newsroom that there were a number of other fires in the downtown area as well. Two of which were just around the corner from Nunns Creek.
“Just after midnight early Sunday morning, a makeshift utility trailer was set afire in the 1200-block of Ironwood St. Crews were able to contain that one relatively quickly,” Doherty says. “Not long after that, a dumpster fire not far from that location on 10th Ave.”
In both cases, no injuries were reported, Doherty notes. And when it comes to follow-up, he adds that Campbell River Fire actually has obligations through the Fire Service Act to investigate all fires, “so we do an investigation into cause and origin then report out to the Fire Commissioner of BC.”