Commercial vehicle damages Shell gas station canopy
The overhead canopy at the Shell gas station across from Hume School in Fairview was damaged Wednesday when a commercial vehicle became lodged under the structure said Nelson Fire Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Michael Daloise in a media release.
Daloise said Nelson Fire Rescue was dispatched at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday to attend the scene of the accident at the corner of Anderson Street and Nelson Avenue.
Daloise said both on-duty members responded, immediately assessing the situation after arriving.
“It was reported back to dispatch that the (Ryder) cube van had wedged itself under the canopy and in doing so had mostly detached the façade on the canopy,” Daloise explained.
“The first arriving crew’s primary objective was to ensure that no additional hazards were present and to keep staff and customers clear of the canopy due to the potential for it to become detached.”
“The truck itself was assisting with keeping the façade from falling,” he added.
Daloise said the challenge for fire crews was removing the truck without causing any additional damage to the structure.
“It was determined that the façade would need to be supported and lifted to be able to remove the truck,” Daloise said.
“This was accomplished by a construction crew utilizing scaffolding.”
Fire Chief Len MacCharles and the City of Nelson Building Inspector Brian Champlin responded to the scene, along with Nelson Police Department members, to assist with determining the best and safest course of action.
Daloise said in all, four firefighters responded to the incident with one fire engines, and utility vehicles.
“No injuries were reported as a result of this incident,” he said.
“The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Nelson Police Department.”
The gas station, which has recently completed major renovations, was closed for the remainder of the day while crews assessed the damage.
Daloise said Nelson Fire and Rescue Services would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to ensure that any seasonal yard debris is cleaned up so that it doesn’t pose a fire hazard when the warm weather arrives.