News Release - Fire Department Busy with Garage Fires and Accidents
Fire Department Busy with Garage Fires and Accidents
MOOSE JAW - The Moose Jaw Fire Department had a busy Monday afternoon with overlapping emergency calls, and a garage fire that extended to an adjacent garage.
At around 4:32pm, Monday afternoon, fire crews were dispatched to a motor vehicle collision on Hwy 1 in the median near Prairie Oasis. Within a few minutes, at around 4:36pm a 911 call was made advising of a garage fire in the 1200 block of 4th Ave NE, crews were dispatched and en route at 4:37pm, with the first fire vehicle arrived at 4:40pm and found a well advanced fire in one garage, already spreading to the adjacent garage in the alley between 4th Ave NE and Willow Ave.
During the fire event, one person was transported to hospital for observation, and one firefighter was assessed for heat exhaustion. No serious injuries were reported.
Even with multiple calls, fire crews worked hard to contain the fires to the initial two garages involved. Radiant heat from the fires caused heat damage to a number of surrounding structures. “Despite the advanced stage of this fire when crews arrived, with propane cylinders and other flammable liquids in the garages (including parked vehicles), our firefighters worked hard to quickly contain the fire to these two garages. Our first priority is life safety, so we are pleased that no serious injuries were reported,” said Deputy Fire Chief Brian Wilson. Damage has been estimated at $220,000. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The reported accident on Hwy 1 turned out to be a parked vehicle with no actual incident. “With the advent of cellular phones, we are certainly seeing a rise in the report of these types of calls that actually do not turn out to be emergencies,” said Wilson. The truck responding from the North Hill Station initially responded to the accident call, and then proceeded to the 4th Ave fire, arriving at 4:47pm.
Deputy Fire Chief Brian Wilson
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