THUNDER BAY – NEWS – On 22 October 2018 at 9 PM, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Services received an alarm for smoke coming from a duplex residence on the 400 block of Ray Blvd. Three pumpers and an Aerial Ladder were dispatched carrying 14 firefighters.
The first arriving unit encountered smoke exiting from a rear second story window. A second alarm was called bringing two more pumpers with eight firefighters, bringing the total personnel on scene to 21.
The front door was forced and the pumper crew entered the main floor with a 45 mm attack hose. Using a Thermal Imaging Camera through the smoke, the firefighters detected higher levels of heat coming from the basement. A mattress was found on fire along with a few pieces of furniture. The fire was quickly extinguished and the building cleared of smoke.
The fire was contained to the basement area of the one side of the duplex. The residents of the other side were able to return to their home after the air inside was checked for toxic gases. The residents of the fire home were not present at the time. The fire damage to the home was minimal, with smoke damage through all three levels. No one was injured battling this fire. The cause of the fire is not considered suspicious but remains unknown as no evidence as to how the fire started was found.