Firefighters were surprised when flames flared through the ceiling in a blaze on the corner of Market and Gray streets Monday.

Fire flares in Port Hardy again

PORT HARDY – Two firefighters suffered minor injuries in a blaze on Gray Street Monday that at first confounded firefighters.

  • Feb. 1, 2011 12:00 p.m.

PORT HARDY – Two firefighters suffered minor injuries in a blaze on Gray Street Monday that at first confounded firefighters.

The fire started just before 7:00 p.m. on Monday night between two buildings that have been joined together over the years, said Capt. Brent Borg of the Port Hardy Fire Department.

“We didn’t find any fire for while. Just lots of smoke,” said Borg. That’s because the fire travelled through the walls into both buildings. Then flames broke out through the ceiling.

“We were back and forth between the buildings,” said Borg. “We were chasing it all night.”

Borg said he thought they might lose the whole structure, but with reinforcements from the Port McNeill fire department they were able to knock down the fire and get it under control.

Two firefighters were injured during the blaze. One fell partially through the second story floor when it gave way and the other lost footing on some stairs, said Borg. Both were treated on scene by B.C. Ambulance Service paramedics.

Four businesses and an apartment suffered damage in the fire, said Borg, primarily from smoke and water. Fire damage to the contents of the businesses was minimal, but structural damage would be assessed by a fire investigator.

Despite the challenges facing firefighters, they were able to retrieve computers and important files from lawyer Paul Grier’s office.

“We know how important that information is for the town,” said Borg.

Firefighters finished mopping up the fire about midnight and security was placed on the scene until investigators arrived.

Just Posted

NorthIsle starts drilling in Pemberton Hills area after negotiating deal with Freeport

Mining industry one step closer to a revitalization after farm-out agreement

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

Port Hardy Fire Rescue’s open house a blazing hit

PHFR Lt. Harding explained that the organization is always looking for more recruits.

Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nation drafts first phase of passive housing project

The housing project will have 96 residential units for low-income families.

North Island Seniors Housing Foundation requests land from Port Hardy Council

“The foundation members will be coming to council with more information at a future date.”

Naked man jumping into Toronto shark tank a ‘premeditated’ stunt: official

The man swam in a tank at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Trump: Saudi king ‘firmly denies’ any role in Khashoggi mystery

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is travelling to the Middle East to learn more about the fate of the Saudi national

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

Allen died in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Tri-Port Midget Wild kick off season with gold medal performance at Nanaimo tournament

Chalk up another gold medal performance for the Tri-Port Midget Wild.

North Island Peewee Eagles shutout Comox Valley Chiefs at home

The North Island Peewee Eagles took no prisoners at the Chilton Regional… Continue reading

Nanaimo Clippers ‘clip’ North Island Atom Eagles’ wings on the road

The Nanaimo Clippers defeated the North Island Atom Eagles 6-4 on Saturday in Port McNeill.

Port McNeill municipal election candidate Derek Koel’s profile

“For over 18 years I have followed Port McNeill municipal politics and affairs closely,” Koel said.

Port Hardy municipal election candidate Don Kattler’s profile

“I believe it is time for new energy and change in our municipal government,” Kattler said.

Transport Canada to take new look at rules, research on school bus seatbelts

Canada doesn’t currently require seatbelts on school buses

Most Read