RCMP are investigating after a vehicle fire in Penhold Friday morning. Contributed photo

Penhold vehicle fire ‘deemed to be suspicious,’ says fire chief

Police are investigating after a vehicle fire in Penhold was deemed suspicious.

Penhold Fire Department responded to the blaze on Range Road 275 and Highway 42 just after 11 a.m. on Friday.

Firefighters arrived to find a fully involved pickup truck with two full auxiliary fuel tanks in the box. Fifteen firefighters, four fire units and a command unit, along with public works, responded to the scene.

“We immediately shut down the highway and attacked the fire with a specialty firefighting foam. The firefighters did a great job and the fire was quickly brought under control,” said acting fire lieutenant Bailey McKay.

McKay said firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to make sure the fuels did not re-ignite.

Penhold Fire Chief Jim Pendergast said one firefighter sustained minor injuries.

“There is heavy damage to the truck and the cause is deemed to be suspicious,” Pendergast said.



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