A mountain bike shuttle run up Fox Mountain turned out to be a different ride than Brandon Douglas expected.
Around 10 a.m. Thursday morning, the 20-year-old was transporting some young friends and their bikes up to the popular biking trail area in Williams Lake when about half way up the Fox Mountain Road they noticed smoke coming from the dash of Douglas’s 2010 Jeep Wrangler.
“We pulled over, got out and it burst into flames,” Douglas said as he stood with his dog by his side watching the fire department mop up the fire.
There wasn’t any warning until they noticed the smoke.
“The check engine light didn’t come on or anything,” he said.
The fire department deployed two pumper trucks and eleven firefighters who extinguished the fire within moments after arriving.
“We used water mixed with foam to put out the fire,” deputy fire chief Rob Warnock said.
Douglas said he had just purchased the Jeep in December.