Un­der con­trol quickly

Sum­mer­side fire­fight­ers re­spond to Liv­ingston Steel fire Fri­day

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY COLIN MA­CLEAN JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER Colin.Ma­cLean@Jour­nalPioneer.com @Jour­nalPMacLean

More than 30 Sum­mer­side fire­fight­ers re­sponded to a blaze at an Ot­tawa Street busi­ness late Fri­day af­ter­noon.

The fire call to Liv­ingston Steel Inc.’s fa­cil­ity came in around 5 p.m.

Fire­fight­ers had the main fire un­der con­trol quickly, but flames also spread up a wall and got into the ceil­ing of the build­ing. They man­aged to get the fire un­der con­trol within an hour.

There were no in­juries. Deputy Chief Tom Peters said his team used ex­tra cau­tion on the call be­cause of the notable amounts of com­bustibles in­side the build­ing.

Thank­fully, he added, most of the busi­nesses’ large bay doors were closed when the fire broke out. This de­prived the fire of oxy­gen and kept if from spread­ing faster. Oth­er­wise, the fire might have been much more se­ri­ous, he said.

“We were able to get in­side with men and do a quick hit on it and got it knocked down re­ally fast.”

Peters also said they were for­tu­nate be­cause while most of the em­ploy­ees at the busi­ness had gone home for the day, a fire­fighter from an­other de­part­ment was one of a hand­ful who stayed be­hind to get some ex­tra work done. That per­son was a great re­source for the first equipped fire­fight­ers on the scene.

Peo­ple on the scene in­di­cated the fire started in a room used for paint­ing at the fa­cil­ity.

One em­ployee who spoke with the Jour­nal Pi­o­neer said about 15 peo­ple are em­ployed at Liv­ingston Steel. He also ex­pressed re­lief ev­ery­one was OK and was ea­ger to speak with the busi­ness own­ers.

“I don’t know if I’ve got a job now,” he said.

COLIN MA­CLEAN/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Fire­fight­ers man­aged to ex­tin­guish the fire quickly and con­tain most of the dam­age.

COLIN MA­CLEAN/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Sum­mer­side fire­fight­ers were called to Liv­ingston Steel on Ot­tawa Street Fri­day af­ter­noon.

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