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REPORTING · 1st December 2014
Walter McFarlane
The Kitimat Fire Department responded to a fire at 5 Cranberry at 7:20 on Sunday, November 30th. 11 members of the fire and two deputy chiefs were on scene. They were able to get an overhead attack with the ladder truck.

“We responded to the report of a structure fire at number 5, Cranberry Street. Upon arrival, the duty crew observed a fully involved structure fire. We were quickly able to do a defensive attack on it and knock down the fire,” said Deputy Fire Chief of Prevention, Peter Bizarro.

They received word upon arrival informing them there were no people left in the structure. However, there were some pets in the home and not all of them were able to get out of the building. One person was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

One of the challenges which the fire fighters faced was with the fire hydrants. The first hydrant they tapped for water did not yield any for reasons which are still under investigation. The crews moved to their back up plan. The second hydrant also did not provide any water.

Fortunately, the fire trucks carry a limited supply of water on board so when they accessed third closest fire hydrant, they were able to get water.

“Our crews did a fantastic job of adapting to the challenges that we face, In most cases, emergency [responses] always has it’s challenges and in this one, it was no different and they did a fantastic job of adjusting to it,” said Bizarro.

The structure was fully involved so it is uninhabitable due to fire damage. The cause is still under investigation at this time although the fire department have determined an area of origin.

While we were told this was not the case during Sunday Night’s Fire, the Kitimat Fire Department is reminding everyone that once they are out of a burning building, do not go back inside.

“Let us do our job in assessing whether we can get in. It is a priority for us but we’ve got the proper equipment to manage that in a safe way. Once out of a structure, do not, under any circumstance, go back inside again to save a pet,” said Bizarro.