Huge Plume of Black Smoke from Transport Truck Fires

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fire Rescue Unit
Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Unit

THUNDER BAY – NEWS – On 05 April 2018 at 5:15 PM, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Service received an alarm regarding two transport trucks on fire at a commercial trucking firm on Harold Cres. Initially, one pumper responded but because of the large volume of black smoke that could be seen from a distance, another two pumpers were called for. The first arriving crew encountered three transport trucks and a metal dump trailer involved in the fire. 45 mm hose lines flowing water were used initially, changing to firefighting foam once set up. A foam truck was called to attend the scene to support the attack, bringing the total personnel on scene to 18

Initially, one pumper responded but because of the large volume of black smoke that could be seen from a distance, another two pumpers were called for. The first arriving crew encountered three transport trucks and a metal dump trailer involved in the fire. 45 mm hose lines flowing water were used initially, changing to firefighting foam once set up. A foam truck was called to attend the scene to support the attack, bringing the total personnel on scene to 18

The first arriving crew encountered three transport trucks and a metal dump trailer involved in the fire. 45 mm hose lines flowing water were used initially, changing to firefighting foam once set up. A foam truck was called to attend the scene to support the attack, bringing the total personnel on scene to 18

45 mm hose lines flowing water were used initially, changing to firefighting foam once set up. A foam truck was called to attend the scene to support the attack, bringing the total personnel on scene to 18

A foam truck was called to attend the scene to support the attack, bringing the total personnel on scene to 18 firefighters. The fire was not extinguished quickly as the plastics and rubber components burned readily and hot. Thankfully the diesel tanks were empty reducing the fuel load and potential danger. One truck proved particularly stubborn as its 10 large tires were involved which produced a large, thick, black cloud of smoke that could be seen from across the city, generating many calls to 911.

Eventually, the fire was brought under control with a continuous application of foam, coating and cooling the metals. The cause of the fire was technicians using a torch while working on one of the trucks. The Ministry of the Environment attended the scene and inspected the area.

There were no injuries resulting from the fire.

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