For Immediate Release - May 26, 2009
BURLINGTON, ON. – Burlington fire crews are still on scene of a fire that started in the afternoon of Monday May 25, 009 has caused extensive damage to a building in a multi-unit industrial complex at 4161 Morris Drive.
A 911 call was received just after 3 p.m. reporting a fire in the unit. When crews were approaching the area and when they arrived they were confronted by heavy smoke and flames showing from the building and extended through the roof.
Walls of the building started to collapse early in the blaze due to the intensity of the fire, which was reported to involve plastic material inside. Crews were ordered out of the building and took a defensive attack mode, which allows them to fight the blaze from the exterior of the building and reducing the potential injury to firefighters.
Occupants of adjacent buildings have been evacuated as a precaution including some buildings to the west along the South Service Road. The heavy smoke also caused traffic along the QEW to slow at the height of the fire.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation however access in to, and near portions of the building is limited due to the amount of damage to the structure. Damage estimates are not yet in place however it appears the contents and the building will be a total loss.
Fortunately there have been no reports of injuries to workers at the scene or emergency personnel.
Further updates will be provided as information becomes available later in the day.
Fire Prevention Officer