THUNDER BAY – NEWS – On 14 April 2018, at 4:20 AM, a person walking by the Foundry Restaurant heard an alarm coming from the building and observed smoke in the interior. 911 was called and Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Service responded with three pumpers carrying 13 firefighters.
The first arriving unit arrived and confirmed the caller’s observations.
A second alarm was called which responded another two pumpers and an Aerial Ladder, bringing another eight firefighters.
An interior attack was commenced through a front window. The attack crew, with an attack line and breathing apparatus, utilized a thermal imaging camera which helped them find their way in the structure through the smoke.
The fire was found in the basement. A laundry hamper containing clothing and rags had ignited and activated the alarm.
The fire was contained to the immediate area, causing damage to the ceiling and side wall. The attack was supported by other crews who provided a water supply, ventilation, and reconnaissance. A search proved no one was in the structure needing rescue. Crews rotated inside the structure ensuring hot spots were cooled and smoke removal complete. The ministry of Health officer attended the scene to ensure all food-related concerns were handled in accordance with established procedures.
Damage to the restaurant is considered light and it is expected it will reopen as soon as repairs have been completed. No injuries occurred as a result of this fire.