UPDATE: Police rule out use of explosive device in car fire

Man taken to hospital with burns to his face

  • Sep. 19, 2018 7:00 a.m.

Use of an explosive device has been ruled out after a man was taken to hospital with burns to his face, hands and feet following a vehicle fire in Pitt Meadows late Tuesday.

Just before 9 p.m., Pitt Meadows firefighters responded to multiple reports of a fully involved vehicle fire in the 12100-block 191B Street, in front of an apartment building.

Multiple witnesses reported to firefighters that a man walked up the white SUV and opened the door, when it suddenly “exploded in fire,” according to reports.

The man was found upstairs in his apartment with burns to his face, hands and feet and was transported to hospital.

The Ridge Meadows RCMP have ruled out the use of any explosive devices.

“As a result of witness accounts and assistance from the RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit, the police have ruled out any possibility of an explosive device being the cause of the fire,” Sgt, Brenda Gresiuk said.

“It is not uncommon for airbags to explode because of the heat from the fire, which may explain the loud bangs heard at the time of the incident.

She said police are still investigating what caused the fire.

“At this point, it doesn’t appear to be anything criminal in nature, but it is still under investigation,” said Gresiuk.

Assistant fire chief Mike Larsson said firefighters put out the blaze fairly quickly.

“One person with minor injuries went to hospital and was released pretty quickly thereafter,” Larsson added.

Firefighters turned the scene over to RCMP at about 10 p.m. RCMP called in additional resources to cordon off the scene, and placed pylons to mark evidence on the grass nearby.

There was notably little damage to the engine compartment of the vehicle, but the passenger compartment was charred.


Just Posted

MacDuff’s Call: A fond memory, of an old-school teacher

A new year starts in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Flames lose first game of new season

Maple Ridge junior Bs host White Rock Whalers Friday night

Maple Ridge Bears group hosts public forum Monday

Critical time to keep bears away from human conflict

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Federal party leaders address gun violence after weekend shooting near Toronto

One teen was killed and five people injured in the shooting

Conservatives promise tax cut that they say will address Liberal increases

Scheer says the cut would apply to the lowest income bracket

B.C. VIEWS: Cutting wood waste produces some bleeding

Value-added industry slowly grows as big sawmills close

Pedestrian struck and killed by vehicle in Surrey

Investigators were asking anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

Vancouver’s Tristan Connelly shocks the UFC world

Late replacement upsets big favourite Pereira, main event sees Gaethje stop Cerrone in round one

Most Read