Dec 15, 2014 - AFD response to structure fire
December 15, 2014 / For Immediate Release
AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Monday, December 15 at 7:27 a.m., the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of a possible structure fire located in the 1400 Block of Big Springs Way SE.
Fire crews arrived at the scene to find grey smoke billowing out from the eaves of 24’ X 26’ detached garage. They initially prepared for a rapid interior attack but were informed by the homeowner that the building housed a large, gas fed pottery kiln which had been recently operating and remained extremely hot.
As a precaution, residents who lived in the home adjacent and to the north of the fire scene were temporarily evacuated for a period of two hours. Once conditions were deemed safe and stable they were allowed to return home.
Due to potentially hazardous and uncertain conditions within the garage, crews initiated an exterior fire attack and cautiously avoided spraying any water directly onto the kiln. To release the trapped heat and smoke in the roof area firefighters cut ventilation holes in the ends of the structure.
With the release of smoke, visibility had improved and a thermal imaging camera was used to determine the extent of the fire. There was a limited amount of fire but the ceiling in the immediate area of the kiln’s ventilation stack received damage due to the build-up of trapped heat and smoke.
The cause of the fire has been determined as combustible material igniting from radiated heat emanating from the kiln’s stack. Damage has been estimated at $20,000 to structure and contents.
There were no injuries to report. Five pieces of apparatus and thirteen firefighters were on scene.
Deputy Chief Garth Rabel