Firefighters douse vehicle blaze on Island Highway

Nanaimo Fire Rescue responded to a vehicle fire Sunday shortly after 11:30 a.m. on the southbound Island Highway near the Cedar cutoff.

Nanaimo Fire Rescue doused a vehicle fire Sunday shortly after 11:30 a.m. on the southbound Island Highway near the Cedar cutoff.

Ennis Mond, fire inspector, said witnesses reported a Suzuki SUV pulling off to the side of the road. Two male occupants exited the vehicle – began walking down the road while the other hitched a ride with another vehicle – as the vehicle caught fire.

“By the time firefighers responded, it was fully involved,” said Mond, adding it is likely ICBC will writeoff the vehicle. The vehicle is insured.

It is not yet clear what caused the fire. No injuries were reported.