May Street Fire Heavily Damages Apartment


THUNDER BAY – NEWS – An afternoon structural fire was reported at approximately 3:20 pm by numerous members of the public.

The two storey structure consisted of a single residential apartment and a large commercial occupancy.

Platoon Chief Darren Smallwood reports, “Fire crews quickly arrived on the scene where they encountered thick smoke coming from a second storey window. Water from a charged hose line was deployed in a transitional attack from the ground level.

“An initial report to the incident commander indicated that all the occupants had self-evacuated.  First arriving fire crews donned self-contained breathing apparatus and made their way to the second floor apartment.  An aggressive interior attack quickly brought the kitchen fire under control.   A primary search of the structure indicated that all occupants had exited the building and were safely accounted for. The kitchen of the residential unit sustained heavy smoke and fire damage”.

There was no damage to the commercial occupancy.

Numerous pumpers were utilized securing a water supply as well as advancing hose lines to the fire location.  Second alarm units were deployed to assist with ladders and ventilation.

The fire is currently under investigation by Thunder Bay Fire Rescue.

The single occupant of the apartment could not return due to the extensive fire damage. There were no civilian or Fire Fighter injuries to report at this time.

Responding units included 5 pumpers, 1 pumper rescue, an Aerial Ladder and the Platoon Chiefs Command Unit.

The public is reminded to never leave anything on the stove unattended.

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