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'Rare coincidence': Barrie Fire tackles pair of Hwy. 400 car fires

Both fires were on northbound lanes of the highway near Dunlop Street exit; both vehicles were destroyed in the blazes
One of two unrelated vehicle fires crews had to tend to on Hwy. 400 northbound near Dunlop Street in Barrie last night, July 8.

City fire crews were kept busy last night with two unrelated vehicle fires on Highway 400.

Barrie Fire and Emergency Service responded to the first fire just after 9 p.m., then returned to battle the second one at 11:20 p.m.

Both instances were in the northbound lanes of the highway, with one just north of the Dunlop Street exits, and the second one south of the same interchange.

The fire crews arrived at fully involved fires.

“They stretched lines and it took a couple of minutes to put them out,” deputy fire chief Derek Wilson said. “They monitored them to make sure they were fully extinguished before tow trucks towed the cars away.”

Wilson called the fires “a rare coincidence.”

There were no injuries and the vehicles were total losses, with the causes undetermined.

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Kevin Lamb picked up a camera in 2000 and by 2005 was freelancing for the Barrie Examiner newspaper until its closure in 2017. He is an award-winning photojournalist, with his work having been seen in many news outlets across Canada and internationally
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