Williams Lake firefighters put out a fire on a boat along Highway 97 Friday afternoon. Angie Mindus photo

Williams Lake firefighters put out a fire on a boat along Highway 97 Friday afternoon. Angie Mindus photo

Boat fire briefly closes Highway 97 at Signal Point Road

RCMP and Williams Lake Fire Department respond

A boat on fire caused quite a scene along Highway 97 and Signal Point Road Friday afternoon.

Emergency crews were called just before 2 p.m. to the highway where a motorist travelling southbound was able to pull over and detach the boat and trailer from his truck before the flames completely engulfed the boat.

The motorist was headed to Quesnel Lake.

Cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but was believed to have started in the battery compartment.

The highway was closed for about a half hour, with all traffic rerouted onto Broadway Avenue South.

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Boat fire briefly closes Highway 97 at Signal Point Road

Boat fire briefly closes Highway 97 at Signal Point Road

Traffic was detoured for about a half hour while firefighters put out the blaze. Angie Mindus photo

Traffic was detoured for about a half hour while firefighters put out the blaze. Angie Mindus photo

Boat fire briefly closes Highway 97 at Signal Point Road