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Revelstoke crews battle Monday fires

Monday morning was busy for most of us back to the daily grind and that was no exception for Revelstoke fire fighters who battled back to back blazes.

On January 6 at 6:20 a.m. Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services responded to commercial structure fire in the 700-block of Lundell Road.  

“Upon arrival fire crews were met with heavy smoke from the rear of the building and quickly gained access through roll up doors of the structure and began fighting the fire,” said Fire Chief Rob Girard. 

This fire was a risky battle for crews as the building housed a large truck repair shop with welding equipment, propane and flammables liquids.

“The nature of the business made it a dangerous situation for firefighters…and to make matters trickier, the local freight-courier company in the adjacent building had to move their goods to ensure their freight was protected during the fire attack”. 

Firefighters were able to successfully extinguish the fire after five hours.

“This truly was a really great save by our members considering the fire load and dangers associated with the building” added Girard.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown and under investigation.

Later that same day at 12:05 p.m. crews were called to a residential structure fire in the 1500-block of McKinnon Road. 

“Upon arrival fire crews found a residence with minor wall damage as a result of a malfunctioned thermostat,” explained Girard.

“Luckily there was one occupant home at the time of the fire or it could have been much different”

Fire Crews checked for fire extension and were able to mechanically ventilate the home. 

There were no injuries to the occupant or fire fighters.

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