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REPORTING · 4th August 2010
Walter McFarlane
There has been a heat wave in Kitimat these past few weeks. Imagine going out in this heat in heavy gear. Then imagine going to face a fire. On July 27th, the Kitimat Fire Department did just that.

“Tuesday Evening about around 5:30, we got a call from our dispatch centre in Prince George regarding an explosion and fire at number 4 Drake. A crew responded, arrived on scene to find a house partially involved,” said acting Fire Chief Trent Bossence.

The fire department leapt into action working to contain the fire to the back of the house / kitchen area. Fortunately, there was no extension into the duplex unit of the home. The investigation completed on July 29th and the cause was undeterminable although they assume the fire started on the exterior of the building. Nobody was home so there were no injuries.

The Fire Department has surmised the explosions came from objects left outside. There was a Barbecue with a propane tank alongside the house with some paint supplies. Bossence suggested the explosions could have come from the pressure release on the propane tank or the paint supplies.

With the heat, it has been a busy season for the Fire Department with Bush Fires. Fortunately, they have been small and the Fire Department has been able to get them out quickly. The Kitimat Fire Department is reminding residents there is a fire ban on.

“Stay away from campfires, stay away from any open burning. If you do go into the woods, make sure your not starting fires, starting campfires, cigarettes get put out, don’t throw them out and think their going to extinguish on their own, it’s going to put you into a world of trouble,” said Bossence.