Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Responding to Simpson Street Fire

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Fire on Simpson Street
Fire on Simpson Street

THUNDER BAY – News – Thunder Bay Fire Rescue has responded with multiple units to a fire at a residential dwelling on Simpson Street.

At approximately 6:35 the TBFRS responded to a structural fire called in by the neighbors upon hearing the lone occupant screaming for help.

Fire crews were quickly on the scene to discover the rear of the single family home to have flames and visible fire so a 2nd alarm was immediately initiated.

The first arriving pumper crew stretched out the fully charged hand line to the side of the structure to apply water to the burning roof area from outside, while the aerial ladder positioned itself in a strategic location upwind.

The aggressive exterior attack knocked down the fire enough so an interior fire could commence with crews entering the rear of the house.  The second pumper secured the water supply at the nearby hydrant to keep enough water flowing.

Once the multiple responding units arrived there were numerous hand lines surrounding the fire from all locations.  The fire in the attic proved stubborn so the aerial ladder was utilized to gain a better angle to fight the fire while breaching the roof to allow access.

An interior search of the basement and the main floor showed nothing found in the house with the uninjured lone male being assisted by the TBPS then taken care of by the Red Cross.  One firefighter suffered minor injuries while performing their duties but did not require medical attention.

This fire is under investigation to determine the cause and origin of this incident with Fire Inspectors expected on the scene early this morning.

The responding units comprised of 1 pumper rescue, 5 pumpers, 1 aerial ladder, the Mobile Command Unit, 1 four-wheel drive truck and a Command Unit.