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Saturday night a real barn-burner for Cowichan Bay firefighters
Triple trouble left Cowichan Bay's fire crew busy Saturday night.
Chief Ken Bulcock said the night's responses spanned a barn fire, a truck blaze, and a motorcycle mishap when the ride hit a bear crossing a road.
"They were hopping from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. (Sunday) by the time everything was wrapped up," he said. "Our guys were going steady."
First, they scrambled to a 9 p.m. barn blaze in the 2100 block of Koksilah Road. There were no hydrants nearby so Duncan hall's pumper was also called to assist Cow Bay's crew.
"It was a lean-to in an open field with machinery and hay under it."
A tractor, baler, and a truck, plus hay believed freshly harvested, were lost in the blaze, the fire chief said Monday. The cause was still under investigation.
It was unknown at press time if the barn and gear were insured during the fire that caused no injuries.
"Everything was pretty well gone," he said, noting there was no power connected to the barn.
"It was collapsed when I got there," noted News Leader Pictorial lensman Andrew Leong. " I heard on scene there was an explosion first, then the fire."
During the barn-burner, Capt. Dave Freuh was called at around 10:30 p.m. about a truck fire raging on the highway near golf course hill, south of Duncan.
While helping snuff that fire, Freuh was called by the injured biker and told of the collision with a black bear in the 2200 block of Hillbank Road.
The male rider, who was conscious when attended, suffered a suspected broken leg and was taken to Cowichan District Hospital.
The bear, of unknown size, gender or age, headed into the woods, with possible injuries.
Cops and conservation officers were unable to find the bruin, Bulcock explained.
"Usually, motorcycles hit deer, but he couldn't believe a bear."