THUNDER BAY – The spectacular and scary fire last night at the Great West Timber site is now down to mopping up and fire suppression.
Thunder Bay Fire Rescue (TBFR) crews are continuing suppression efforts at the Great West Timber site fire. Two pumpers remain at the scene. There are no injuries to be reported at this time. It is anticipated suppression efforts will continue today and could take as long as Friday to fully suppress hot spots and secure the site.
Night shift fire crews were relieved at 7:30 am by the day shift crews. Support overnight was provided by Thunder Bay Police for scene control and Superior North EMS for medical assistance.
The Ontario Fire Marshal has been engaged and TBFR Prevention Division staff are presently in the initial stages of the investigation process. A formal fire investigation with Office of the Fire Marshal will follow.
As the result of release of by products to the atmosphere and run-off to Lake Superior, the Spills Action Centre was contacted. TBFR has consulted with the Ministry of the Environment regarding the run-off into Lake Superior. Action was taken by TBFR personnel in order to minimize any potential impact from the run-off. The Bare Point Water Treatment Plant was also notified to monitor the situation and no impact on water supply was found. Monitoring will continue.
Access to Prince Arthur’s Landing is not affected. Members of the public are asked to avoid the area, to decrease congestion and allow emergency vehicles easy access.