Fire at Central Metals

Brandon Anstey
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Published on March 04, 2014

DAMAGE DONE – Gander Fire Rescue was called to the scene of a fire on Monday morning at the Central Metals site on McCurdy Drive. The fire broke out in a small section of a large building on the property. The Gander fire crew fought smoke and flames for a couple of hours before finally removing the roof of the burning portion to stop the flames from spreading.

The fire was contained by 1:30 p.m., said Gander Fire Chief Paul Fudge.

Photos by Paula Clark/ tc•Media

Published on March 04, 2014

DAMAGE DONE – Gander Fire Rescue was called to the scene of a fire on Monday morning at the Central Metals site on McCurdy Drive. The fire broke out in a small section of a large building on the property. The Gander fire crew fought smoke and flames for a couple of hours before finally removing the roof of the burning portion to stop the flames from spreading.

The fire was contained by 1:30 p.m., said Gander Fire Chief Paul Fudge.

 

Published on March 04, 2014

DAMAGE DONE – Gander Fire Rescue was called to the scene of a fire on Monday morning at the Central Metals site on McCurdy Drive. The fire broke out in a small section of a large building on the property. The Gander fire crew fought smoke and flames for a couple of hours before finally removing the roof of the burning portion to stop the flames from spreading.

The fire was contained by 1:30 p.m., said Gander Fire Chief Paul Fudge.

 

Published on March 04, 2014

DAMAGE DONE – Gander Fire Rescue was called to the scene of a fire on Monday morning at the Central Metals site on McCurdy Drive. The fire broke out in a small section of a large building on the property. The Gander fire crew fought smoke and flames for a couple of hours before finally removing the roof of the burning portion to stop the flames from spreading.

The fire was contained by 1:30 p.m., said Gander Fire Chief Paul Fudge.

 

Published on March 04, 2014

DAMAGE DONE – Gander Fire Rescue was called to the scene of a fire on Monday morning at the Central Metals site on McCurdy Drive. The fire broke out in a small section of a large building on the property. The Gander fire crew fought smoke and flames for a couple of hours before finally removing the roof of the burning portion to stop the flames from spreading.

The fire was contained by 1:30 p.m., said Gander Fire Chief Paul Fudge.

 

Published on March 04, 2014

DAMAGE DONE – Gander Fire Rescue was called to the scene of a fire on Monday morning at the Central Metals site on McCurdy Drive. The fire broke out in a small section of a large building on the property. The Gander fire crew fought smoke and flames for a couple of hours before finally removing the roof of the burning portion to stop the flames from spreading.

The fire was contained by 1:30 p.m., said Gander Fire Chief Paul Fudge.

 

Published on March 04, 2014

DAMAGE DONE – Gander Fire Rescue was called to the scene of a fire on Monday morning at the Central Metals site on McCurdy Drive. The fire broke out in a small section of a large building on the property. The Gander fire crew fought smoke and flames for a couple of hours before finally removing the roof of the burning portion to stop the flames from spreading.

The fire was contained by 1:30 p.m., said Gander Fire Chief Paul Fudge.

 

Published on March 04, 2014

DAMAGE DONE – Gander Fire Rescue was called to the scene of a fire on Monday morning at the Central Metals site on McCurdy Drive. The fire broke out in a small section of a large building on the property. The Gander fire crew fought smoke and flames for a couple of hours before finally removing the roof of the burning portion to stop the flames from spreading.

The fire was contained by 1:30 p.m., said Gander Fire Chief Paul Fudge.

 

Published on March 04, 2014

DAMAGE DONE – Gander Fire Rescue was called to the scene of a fire on Monday morning at the Central Metals site on McCurdy Drive. The fire broke out in a small section of a large building on the property. The Gander fire crew fought smoke and flames for a couple of hours before finally removing the roof of the burning portion to stop the flames from spreading.

The fire was contained by 1:30 p.m., said Gander Fire Chief Paul Fudge.Photos by Paula Clark/ tc•Media

Published on March 04, 2014

DAMAGE DONE – Gander Fire Rescue was called to the scene of a fire on Monday morning at the Central Metals site on McCurdy Drive. The fire broke out in a small section of a large building on the property. The Gander fire crew fought smoke and flames for a couple of hours before finally removing the roof of the burning portion to stop the flames from spreading.The fire was contained by 1:30 p.m., said Gander Fire Chief Paul Fudge.

Published on March 04, 2014

DAMAGE DONE – Gander Fire Rescue was called to the scene of a fire on Monday morning at the Central Metals site on McCurdy Drive. The fire broke out in a small section of a large building on the property. The Gander fire crew fought smoke and flames for a couple of hours before finally removing the roof of the burning portion to stop the flames from spreading.

The fire was contained by 1:30 p.m., said Gander Fire Chief Paul Fudge.

 

Published on March 04, 2014

Gander Fire Rescue was called to the scene of a fire on Monday morning at the Central Metals site on McCurdy Drive. The fire broke out in a small section of a large building on the property. The Gander fire crew fought smoke and flames for a couple of hours before finally removing the roof of the burning portion to stop the flames from spreading.The fire was contained by 1:30 p.m., said Gander Fire Chief Paul Fudge.

Gander Fire Rescue responded to a warehouse fire at the Central Metals site in Gander on Monday morning. Gander Fire Chief Paul Fudge said the call came in around 9:40 a.m., and crews quickly rushed to the scene of the fire on McCurdy Drive.

“The fire damage was basically contained to that one small add-on to the larger building on the site,” said Chief Fudge.

While the damage to the smaller portion of the building was significant, things could have gotten a lot worse, said the Gander Fire Chief.

“What was actually on fire and what could have caught afire was quite large in comparison,” said Chief Fudge.

There were no explosives in the fire’s path.

“The building in particular, the part that did burn, there was a lot of cardboard, and there was some steel piping in there as well. The pipes, of course, wouldn’t be a determining factor in the fire, but the cardboard definitely would be. That adds to the fire load, of course,” he said.

Flames broke out at the rear of the building, which made it harder to reach the fire, said the Gander fire chief.

“Of course, because of snow conditions, it was hard to get at. We needed access to the building and it was very hard to do that with snow on the ground. We’ve had firefighters up to their waist in snow trying to get around the building for a look and gain access.”

The fire crew battled smoke and flames into the afternoon as schools in the area were closed down as a safety precaution. A fire truck equipped with an extendable arm was brought in to spray water down on the burning portion of the building. The plan didn’t bring as much success as hoped for, said Chief Fudge.

“Once the fire broke through the roof, we thought we could put it out by spraying water where the hole burned through. In actual fact, what we had to do after was to clear a path into the back of the building and bring in an excavator to remove the roof all together. If not, we could have been there all day trying to put it out.”

It was a useful method that could save some serious property damage.

“What we do is we tear the roof off, we get the fire put out faster and that saves the rest of the building,” said the Gander fire chief.

Crews were able to contain the flames by 1:30 p.m., and the investigation is now turned over to the RCMP to determine the cause of the fire.

 

 

banstey@ganderbeacon.ca

 

Organizations: RCMP

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