Bystanders comfort a dog rescued from an SUV in 2014.

Pitt Meadows firefighters rescue child from hot car

Child accidentally locked inside in Pitt Meadows mall.

Firefighters recused a 15-month-old child who was accidently locked inside a car at a Pitt Meadows mall on Monday.

The rescue occurred at Meadowtown Mall at 1:30 p.m. A child accidentally got locked in a vehicle along with the keys. The woman called police and fire department right away.

Firefighters had to break the window to free the 15-month-old child.

Pitt Meadows Fire Rescue Service chief Don Jolley said the rescue is a reminder not to leave children or pets in parked vehicles.

He said a lot of people lock their cars, then use their remote to start the vehicle, with the air conditioning on.

But cars only run for about five minutes when started that way. Then they shut off, as does the air conditioning.

“It doesn’t run forever.”

Within five minutes, a car’s interior temperature can rise dangerously. If people see a child or pet left in a car they should call 911, Jolley added.

“We’ll get there quickly and deal with it.”

B.C. SPCA spokesperson Lorie Chortyk said so far in Maple Ridge this year, the SPCA’s received 18 calls about dogs left in hot cars.

Provincewide, the SPCA has received 366 calls. That’s about half the number of calls received during the same period in 2016, but that could be because of this year’s cold spring.

People should call in if they see an animal in a locked car, rather than break a window, she said.

“There will be somebody there very quickly.”

If the SPCA can’t get there, they’ll call police. The SPCA’s hotline for that is 1-855-622-7722. People should put that number into their phones, so it’s there when needed.

She added that people love their pets and don’t endanger them deliberately.

“People don’t realize how quickly things can go wrong.”

It takes only minutes for a car to heat to dangerous temperatures, even in the shade or with the windows down.

With the forecast for warm weather, both Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge fire departments are watching conditions.

On Monday at about noon, someone fired a flare gun into a grass field in the Pitt Addington Marsh, in north Pitt Meadows.

But the flare landed on the north side of the dike in damp, marshy grass. Crews put out the blaze within half an hour, “but it was a couple hundred yards from the mountain, which then would have become interesting,” Jolley said.

Jolley said it took fire crews about 20 minutes to get to the site, on the south edge of the marsh near the Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge border. Three trucks responded and water had to be hauled in.

The suspect who fired the flare hasn’t been found and it’s not sure why he did that. “Nobody knows.”

Jolley also reminded people not to toss out their cigarette butts on to the road. So far, they’ve had a dozen grass fires in the Meadowtown Mall area. Those small blazes can spread to cedar hedges, if cedar bushes are growing near homes.

“They burn very quickly, these cedar hedges are very dry. One cigarette butt and it will light them all up. Keep them wet.”

Pitt Meadows has a year-round ban on all fires, including camp fires. Maple Ridge allows campfires in some rural areas and is considering implementing a fire ban and is monitoring conditions.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

MS Bike fundraiser goes virtual in midst of pandemic

Fraser Valley event in Abbotsford and Langley among those usually held every year

Abbotsford musician Liam Pasiciel releases fourth album

Plant of Creation is entirely instrumental and moves beyond his ‘metal’ roots

Exercise and cancer to be explored via webinar

UFV’s Dr. Iris Lesser to lead Zoom event for cancer patients and supporters

Abbotsford charities see hike in demand for services during pandemic

Archway Food Bank and Salvation Army work hard to help those impacted

What do you think about these seven proposed Abbotsford pot shops?

Council will decide upon four locations for Abbotsford’s first legal cannabis stores

Horgan says B.C. restart making gains as more people come out of their homes

B.C. announced the easing of more restrictions on businesses, recreation and travel last month

Police nab three impaired drivers in one night in Maple Ridge

Ridge Meadows RCMP served 80 impaired driving infractions in June

Conservationists raise concerns over state of care for grizzly cubs transferred to B.C. zoo

‘Let them be assessed now before their fate is sealed,’ urges B.C. conservationist Barb Murray

B.C.’s COVID-19 job recovery led by tourism, finance minister says

Okanagan a bright spot for in-province visitor economy

National Kitten Day aka the ‘purrfect’ day to foster a new friend

July 10 marks National Kitten Day, a special day to celebrate all things kittens

Lower Mainland YouTubers claim to be Kelowna display toilet ‘poopers’

RCMP can not speak to legitimacy of video, will be investigating

Haida matriarchs occupy ancient villages as fishing lodges reopen to visitors

‘Daughters of the rivers’ say occupation follows two fishing lodges reopening without Haida consent

Conservatives say police should be called into investigate WE charity scandal

Trudeau is already under investigation by the ethics commissioner for potential conflict of interest

Amber Alert continues for missing Quebec girls, 6 and 11, and their father

Police issued the alert for Norah Carpentier, 11, and Romy Carpentier, 6, from Levis, Que.

Most Read