Fire hits Kent store
Firefighters respond to blaze at Charlottetown building supplies store
A fire at the Kent Buildings Supplies in Charlottetown Sunday night was the result of halogen bulbs overheating from the emergency lighting, said Charlottetown fire inspector Winston Bryan after the investigation was concluded this morning.
The Charlottetown fire department responded to the call at 10:50 p.m. to the building on 65 Marsh Rd.
Pallets of inventory and cardboard were ignited from the emergency lighting, which was powered by halogen bulbs.
The halogen bulbs produced enough heat to cause ignition of a box, which then spread to other boxes on the shelving unit.
The fire was contained in the warehouse area and shelving units, said Bryan.
All clear was given at around 2 a.m. Monday with no injuries sustained.
Though this doesn’t happen often, it tends to happen more in warehouses, where goods are sometimes stacked up against lights.
“Over time they will ignite,” said Bryan.
It boils down to training within the businesses to install lighting at proper heights.
“Take it into consideration what you are actually storing in your warehouse... should be designed around that.”
What contained the fire was the sprinkler system, said Bryan.
“The sprinkler system basically contained the fire to one particular area of the building,” he said.
“So having your sprinkler system maintained and inspected on a year-to-year base, as per code, assisted in the suppression of the fire.”
Charlottetown firefighters responded to a call late Sunday at the Kent Building Supplies store on Marsh Road.