Date of Incident: 2019-10-09

Time of Call: 09:25

Address of Incident: 7 Hart Place

Responding Stations:
               Station #1 - Chatham


Type of Incident: Structure Fire

Type of Building: Industrial

Comments on incident/response: At 09:23 hours this morning, Fire Dispatch received calls to an automatic fire alarm at 7 Hart Place, Chatham. Crews from Stations 1 and 2, Chatham responded immediately and noted large quantities of black smoke whilst on route to the call. They arrived on scene within 5 minutes to be met with a large developing fire to the rear of QPS Mechanicals with the fire spreading rapidly through the building. Crews wearing breathing apparatus began an immediate attack on the fire within a minute of arrival and two employees were assisted for smoke inhalation. Crews from CK EMS attended, began treatment and transported the two males aged 61 and 44 to Chatham Hospital with smoke inhalation injuries. In addition to controlling the fire, crews were able to protect the surrounding businesses who were in close proximity to the fire. Assistance was called due to the size of the fire and at this time over twenty firefighters and Chief Officers are on scene, the fire was brought under control and operations are continuing to deal with hot spots and fire spread. There has been a partial collapse of the structure but not further injuries reported at this time. Two pumpers, an aerial ladder and the command unit are currently on scene. In addition to the support from EMS, teams from Chatham-Kent Police, Entegrus and Enbridge are on scene. Chatham-Kent Economic Development Officers are on scene to assist and support the business owners. During this operation, CK Fire continue to respond to calls. The Office of the Fire Marshal and the Ministry of Labour have been informed. There are no details on a cause or investigation at this time. "Our teams were on scene very quickly to attack this rapidly developing fire and they prevented the spread to other businesses. As well as working with our EMS colleagues to help the two people injured we engaged the help of our Economic Development department to come directly to scene and support the business owner during this challenging time," explains Operations Chief Chris Case. "This incident has been a joint effort by a large number of officers and teams and demonstrates once again the commitment all agencies have to protect lives and livelihoods." This will be a protracted incident, fire operations continue and may do for some time. We would ask the public to avoid the area at this time.

Name of Person Releasing Information: Whitney Burk

Name of Contact Person For More Information: Whitney Burk

Phone Number: 519-436-3270