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Nanaimo Fire Rescue firefighters battle a bush fire along the old Island Highway on Wednesday afternoon. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

UPDATE: Passing train caused brush fire along old Island Highway

Fire extended between Northfield and Dorman roads

Nanaimo Fire Rescue firefighters battle a bush fire along the old Island Highway on Wednesday afternoon. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews put out a semi truck fire on Vanderneuk Road on Monday morning. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Semi truck catches fire in north Nanaimo

Crews arrive on scene to find truck fully engulfed in flames Monday morning on Vanderneuk Road

Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews put out a semi truck fire on Vanderneuk Road on Monday morning. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
News Bulletin file photo
News Bulletin file photo
Nanaimo mayor Leonard Krog takes the controls of a backhoe to turn the turf at a groundbreaking ceremony for the city’s new Fire Station No. 1 on Wednesday. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Ground-breaking ceremony held for Nanaimo’s new Fire Station No. 1

Construction to be complete in fall 2022 for new seismically safe multi-service facility

Nanaimo mayor Leonard Krog takes the controls of a backhoe to turn the turf at a groundbreaking ceremony for the city’s new Fire Station No. 1 on Wednesday. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
A house fire on Leffler Road in Errington early Friday morning. (Trina Sisco photo)

Early-morning blaze destroys house in Errington

Fire officials say couple and their family pet managed to get out of Leffler Road home safely

A house fire on Leffler Road in Errington early Friday morning. (Trina Sisco photo)
Lieutenant Ron Suits was a firefighter with Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department for four and a half years until he died while working a fire on July 16, 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY SPROAT LAKE VFD)

Vancouver Island firefighters mourn one of their own

Volunteer firefighter Lt. Ron Suits remembered as one who loved to help others

Lieutenant Ron Suits was a firefighter with Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department for four and a half years until he died while working a fire on July 16, 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY SPROAT LAKE VFD)
Cherry Creek Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lucas Banton pours water on a barn fire on McCoy Lake Road on July 16, 2020. Crews from four fire departments in the Alberni Valley worked through the night to extinguish the fire, which caught in a hay barn at Tooth Acres, owned by retired dentist Dr. Fritz Zens. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Vancouver Island firefighter dies at scene of barn blaze

The volunteer firefighter suffered a medical emergency after arriving to assist

Cherry Creek Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lucas Banton pours water on a barn fire on McCoy Lake Road on July 16, 2020. Crews from four fire departments in the Alberni Valley worked through the night to extinguish the fire, which caught in a hay barn at Tooth Acres, owned by retired dentist Dr. Fritz Zens. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
All four Alberni Valley fire departments responded to a barn fire on McCoy Lake Road on Thursday, July 16. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Fire destroys barn at Vancouver Island hobby farm

Fire started while farmers at the farm west of Port Alberni were cutting hay

All four Alberni Valley fire departments responded to a barn fire on McCoy Lake Road on Thursday, July 16. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s new addition to its fleet incorporates the latest technology, but bears a paint scheme that harkens back to the city’s coal mining and firefighting history. The $1.56-million aerial ladder truck is currently being run through its paces as the firefighters who will operate it go through familiarization training on it before it enters service in early August. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo’s newest fire truck blends latest firefighting technology with nod to history

New $1.56-million aerial truck can reach higher places, but is smaller and more manoeuvrable

Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s new addition to its fleet incorporates the latest technology, but bears a paint scheme that harkens back to the city’s coal mining and firefighting history. The $1.56-million aerial ladder truck is currently being run through its paces as the firefighters who will operate it go through familiarization training on it before it enters service in early August. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue members survey the scene where a fire was set at the Bastion in downtown Nanaimo Monday. Police are looking for two people who were seen at the building when the fire broke out. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

UPDATE: Nanaimo RCMP looking for suspects behind suspicious Bastion fire

Two people seen in the area where the fire broke out Monday

RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue members survey the scene where a fire was set at the Bastion in downtown Nanaimo Monday. Police are looking for two people who were seen at the building when the fire broke out. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews are dealing with fire in the basement of the historic Bastion. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews are dealing with fire in the basement of the historic Bastion. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
The aftermath of the structure fire in Qualicum Beach on June 30. (Qualicum Beach Fire Department photo)

Vancouver Island homeowner douses blaze with garden hose

Fire officials say man’s quick actions resulted in relatively minor damage

The aftermath of the structure fire in Qualicum Beach on June 30. (Qualicum Beach Fire Department photo)
Maple Ridge firefighters have a long track record of rescuing animals in distress. But on Sunday, June 14, 2020, they were called to something out of the ordinary – a report of a puppy trapped inside a couch. (file)

B.C. firefighters rescue puppy from inside couch (yes, inside)

It’s a first, deputy fire chief says

Maple Ridge firefighters have a long track record of rescuing animals in distress. But on Sunday, June 14, 2020, they were called to something out of the ordinary – a report of a puppy trapped inside a couch. (file)
Umesh Lal, a fire prevention officer with Nanaimo Fire Rescue, has received the Fire Educator of the Year Award from the Fire Prevention Officers Association of B.C. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo Fire Rescue fire prevention officer receives provincial award

Umesh Lal of Nanaimo Fire Rescue named Fire Educator of the Year

Umesh Lal, a fire prevention officer with Nanaimo Fire Rescue, has received the Fire Educator of the Year Award from the Fire Prevention Officers Association of B.C. (News Bulletin file photo)
A lithium-ion polymer battery for a radio-controlled vehicle burst into flame while it was being charged Tuesday and caused extensive damage to the living of a suite in a home on Kamp Place in Nanaimo. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Fire Rescue)

Lithium-ion battery fire damages suite in Nanaimo

One man displaced from home after battery for radio-controlled toy bursts into flame while charging

A lithium-ion polymer battery for a radio-controlled vehicle burst into flame while it was being charged Tuesday and caused extensive damage to the living of a suite in a home on Kamp Place in Nanaimo. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Fire Rescue)
Firefighters reposition a hose while putting out a fire on Lambert Avenue on Sunday evening. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

House burns in Harewood, three people displaced

Dog unaccounted for after house fire Sunday evening

Firefighters reposition a hose while putting out a fire on Lambert Avenue on Sunday evening. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo firefighters battled a late-night blaze that destroyed a garage in Harewood on Tuesday. No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation. (Brad Smith photo)

Fire destroys garage in Nanaimo

No one injured in late-night blaze on Doric Avenue; cause under investigation

Nanaimo firefighters battled a late-night blaze that destroyed a garage in Harewood on Tuesday. No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation. (Brad Smith photo)
A fire broke out at the French Creek Marina on Sunday, May 17. (Parksville Fire Department photo)
A fire broke out at the French Creek Marina on Sunday, May 17. (Parksville Fire Department photo)
Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters work the scene of a structure fire that injured multiple firefighters, according to a fire department spokesman, Saturday, May 16, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

12 Los Angeles firefighters recovering after explosion

All injured firefighters are expected to survive

Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters work the scene of a structure fire that injured multiple firefighters, according to a fire department spokesman, Saturday, May 16, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A large plume of smoke was spotted by the North Saanich marina on Sunday afternoon. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

One dead, two injured following a large fire at North Saanich Marina

One boat has sunk, nearby resident says they heard an explosion ‘sounding like a cannon’

A large plume of smoke was spotted by the North Saanich marina on Sunday afternoon. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)