REPORTING · 24th April 2014
On Saturday, April 12th, The Kitimat Fire Department responded to two fires in the wee hours of the morning. The first house was at 60 Kechika at 5:32 am. The second was at 6:05 am on 4 Bayer street. Everyone made it out safely.
“With this fire, kind of a unique situation but I think what was very evident with this one was the fact it was a quick response on to the first report of fire on Kechika and once we were there, we were able to get a quick control and confinement of that fire. Then, there was a second report of a fire at that time,” said Peter Bizarro, Deputy Fire Chief of Prevention.
The fire was already under control on Kechika so a number of fire fighters were able to go contend with the second fire. The fire fighters are aware that when they are dealing with one emergency, they can be called away to another. More often, this happens on paramedic calls. Two fires is an unusual circumstance, but the fire fighters were already geared up and were able to respond faster to the house on Bayer as a result.
“Once we were able to get water, it was a quick knock down which again, was due to the response of our crews,” said Bizarro.
Said he was proud the Kitimat crews were able to adapt to the challenge. “It’s a part of our business to be prepared, even when we’re mitigating one emergency, to be prepared for that second or third event. Our guys are constantly making sure they break down a truck and have one truck ready to roll,” said Bizarro
The cause of the fire was still under investigation as of Thursday, April 17th.
The Kitimat Fire Department would like to remind the public of the importance of not re-entering a burning building regardless of what is in there. They are also stressing the importance of early recognition of a fire and calling 911 to report it.
Comment by Sue Harris on 27th April 2014
Kitimat has the very best Fire fighters FirstRsponders and Paramedics.. Thanks for all you do :)