Friday, August 14, 2020

Fire at Public Works garage in Ridgetown

(Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services)

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) are currently investigating, with the assistance of Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services inspectors, after a fire at the Public Works Garage in Ridgetown.

Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services officials say just after 6 p.m. on Sunday evening crews from station #11 Ridgetown were dispatched to 133327 Reeders Line with reports of a truck on fire inside a Municipal Public Works garage.

“Two employees attempted to put out the fire using fire extinguishers,” stated Whitney Burk, public educator, in a press release.

“When the severity of fire increased the employees safely exited the building.”

Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services officials say firefighters arrived on scene to a fully involved structure fire and immediately called in additional stations to assist.

Stations #10 Orford, Station #8 Thamesville and station #18 Blenheim assisted with operations and water shuttle.

“Crews battled the fire in the extremely cold, running four tanker trucks to transport water from Ridegtown to the scene,” Burk said.

“Firefighters protected surrounding exposures and were able to isolate the fire to the building of origin despite high winds. Heavy equipment was called to clear the structure and allow access to the fire.”

Firefighters remained on site throughout the night to isolate hotspots and fully extinguish the blaze.

No injuries.

The cause of the blaze is still unknown.

A damage estimate is not yet available.

– Photo credit: Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services

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