Sunday, September 16, 2012
Potential Powder Keg Avoided
Fire fighters battle creeping blaze at flour mill Sunday
t around 7:42 P.M., on a sleepy Sunday evening, City of Chilliwack fire fighters were called out to a blaze at Rogers Foods in the 44000 block of Simpson Rd.
Flames were visible on the far side of the building as crews arrived and staged at Unsworth Rd. and Simpson Rd. It's unclear how deep the flames got into the structure.
Fire Halls 1, 3, 4 and 6 responded to the blaze as crews were re-routed away from two other small outdoor brush fires.
According to reports, the fire initially broke out in some wooden pallets before creeping into the building or silo areas where feed was being kept.
Fires of this nature involving flour can be potential powder kegs because tinder-dry flour is actually a very volatile substance. It's not clear if flour is being produced at the plant or if the fire was anywhere near it.
BC Ambulance and Fortis were on scene and thankfully there were no injuries reported to employees or firefighters.
By 10 P.M. crews managed to extinguish fire and the building was checked for any hotspots later. There is no word on the cause at this time.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Fire Dept Release
Commercial Structure Fire
Fire fighters battle creping blaze at flour mill Sunday
Released by James MacDonald, City of Chilliwack Fire Department
t 1940 hours on Sunday September 16, 2012 the Chilliwack Fire Department responded to the report of a container fire at a commercial site located in the 44000 block of Simpson Road. When fire crews arrived they noted more than thirty large, cardboard totes on fire next to the building. The fire did extend to the metal clad building and proved difficult to extinguish with fire trapped within the walls.
9 fire trucks from 4 different fire halls carrying 35 fire fighters responded to this incident. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by fire department officials.
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