Active smokehouse blamed for fire; pedestrian hit by train

At approximately 2 a.m. on Oct. 2, 2011, the Burns Lake RCMP detachment attended to an incident involving a structure fire.

At approximately 2 a.m. on Oct. 2, 2011, the Burns Lake RCMP detachment attended to an incident involving a structure fire.

While on general patrol, police observed a shed on fire on Gerow Island. Police contacted the Burns Lake Fire and Rescue department who immediately responded.

Police investigation determined that the shed that was found ablaze was located next to an active smoke house. There were no injuries and the shed was totally destroyed. Cause of the fire is presently unknown.

The value of property lost in the fire is also unknown.

Police would like to remind the public to ensure that the placement of any smoke house is a safe distance away from any other structures.

Burns Lake RCMP continue to investigate this matter.

At approximately 3:10 a.m. on Oct. 2, 2011, the Burns Lake RCMP detachment attended to an incident involving a pedestrian being struck by a train.

Police investigation determined that the pedestrian was laying down between the train tracks in the area of Government St. and Second Ave. where a westbound freight train traveled over the pedestrian.

British Columbia Ambulance Service and the Village of Burns Lake Fire and Rescue department attended to the scene to remove the pedestrian from underneath the train.

The pedestrian, an adult male from Decker Lake, was transported to the Lakes District Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this incident.

Police would like to remind the public that walking or playing on the train tracks is dangerous and illegal.

Cross train tracks only at designated highway or railroad crossings.