THUNDER BAY – Platoon Chief John Kaplanis reports that at 16:41 this afternoon Thunder Bay Fire Rescue crews were dispatched to a report of a garage fire in the area of Alberta Street.
The first arriving fire crews encountered a large volume of fire and smoke at the rear of a residence at that location.
A small garage and an RV trailer along with large portable tarp shelters were completely engulfed in flames by the time firefighters were on scene. Firefighters worked to deploy attack lines from multiple pieces of apparatus to attempt to quickly knock the flames down to protect the adjacent residence and a neighboring home.
Multiple propane tanks connected to the RV were believed to be fueling the fast-burning fire that quickly destroyed the three structures involved on the property. Firefighters and a TBFR fire investigator remained on scene to complete a mop-up of smoldering debris and to conduct an investigation into the cause of the blaze. At this time, the cause of the fire is undetermined and still under investigation. There were no injuries to the owner or occupants of the home.
A total of five pumper/rescue trucks, one aerial ladder truck, a Command vehicle, and a fire investigation unit responded to the incident.