Saturday, April 22, 2017
Welding Sparks Fire
Sprinkler system handles small blaze says CFD
Mike Bourdon, Assistant Chief, Fire Prevention
On-arrival, fire crews saw heavy smoke venting from a large industrial building.
A second alarm was requested with fire fighters responding from Hall 1, 3, 4, and 6.
First-in crews quickly gained access to the unit in question and confirmed that the building sprinkler system had extinguished the fire. One employee sustained a burn to his hand while fighting the fire and was taken to Chilliwack General Hospital for treatment and observation and was released shortly after visiting the hospital. There were no firefighter injuries.
The fire is accidental and was started from repair work being done on a piece of heavy machinery. A welding spark ignited diesel fuel that had been transferred from the fuel tank into a storage container within the warehouse area. Fire damage was sustained to the piece of machinery with minor smoke and water damage thorough out the unit.
Chilliwack Fire Department recommends any operations involving open flames or producing heat and or sparks including cutting; welding, brazing, grinding, soldering, etc. should have proper precautions and controls prior to, during, and subsequent to all hot-work operations.