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Bystanders use water bottles, handfuls of dirt to fight roadside fire in Lake Country

The fire started around 11 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, between Highway 97 and Crystal Waters Road.
Image Credit: Submitted/ Ken Mairs
August 08, 2017 - 3:00 PM

LAKE COUNTRY - Bystanders jumped into action Monday night to stop a roadside fire in its tracks.

Ken Mairs is one of several motorists who pulled over around 11 p.m. last night, Aug. 7, after noticing an amber glow on the side of Highway 97, on Crystal Waters Road.

He says roughly 30 people, including motorists and nearby homeowners, pitched in with bottled water, coolers, fire extinguishers, handfuls of dirt and their own two feet to stomp out the blaze.

Mairs called 911 and says the 30-foot by 20-foot fire was almost out by the time the fire department arrived.

“I just wanted to thank everyone that helped put the fire out and possibly saved someone's home from catching on fire,” Mairs says.

This is the latest incident where members of the public stepped up to put out a fire. Just last week, bystanders rushed to put out a fire on Westside Road, and last month a Kamloops man used his speedboat to spray water at a fire burning beside the North Thompson River.

Lake Country Fire Chief Steve Windsor was not immediately available for an interview.

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