An investigation is underway after a commercial storage facility in Windsor’s industrial park went up in flames Oct. 3.
Firefighters were paged to the Centennial Drive location around 4:40 p.m. As they neared the scene, heavy, black smoke could be seen billowing out of the back side of the building.
Paul Maynard, a deputy fire chief with Hantsport, said upon arrival, fire crews immediately went to work trying to contain and extinguish the blaze.
The storage facility was estimated to be approximately 120 feet by 50 feet with a steel roof.
“Crews began knocking down the fire and had a pretty successful stop,” said Maynard.
“The last quarter of the building is heavily damaged but most of the other units just suffered some smoke damage. There was a little bit of fire along the roof line; some units will have stuff that is salvageable.”
By 6 p.m., firefighters were working their way through the debris from the back section, stepping over semi-melted vinyl records in order to access remaining hot spots.
Maynard described the fire load as “fairly intensive” and the initial blaze melted the siding of a neighbouring storage unit. However, that building was saved from further damage.
Firefighters from Windsor, Hantsport, Brooklyn, Summerville, New Minas, Greenwich, and Wolfville all assisted.
One of the difficulties the firefighters had to contend with was not knowing what was in the various storage units. From motorcycles to household items, Maynard said there was “a fairly dangerous mix of stuff” for firefighters to deal with. Early on, propane was discovered and loud pops could be heard as the tanks vented.
“We kept crews in a defensive mode fighting the fire,” said Maynard, confirming some propane tanks “went off” at the start of the fire.
Windsor fire chief Jamie Juteau, who was in charge at the scene, contacted the fire marshal’s office, Maynard said.
“The fire is definitely going to be under investigation; it’s going to take some time to pick though this and determine what caused it,” said Maynard.
The industrial park is being closed to traffic now. Hantsport, Brooklyn and Windsor firefighters are on scene. As are EHS personnel and RCMP.— C Morris-Underhill (@CMUnderhill) October 3, 2019