Fire at Kalesnikoff Lumber quickly extinguished

Thursday fire calls for team work between Kalesnikoff fire brigade and Tarrys, Crescent Valley and Ooteschenia volunteer fire departments.

A fire at Kalesnikoff Lumber was quickly extinguished Thursday night.

A fire at Kalesnikoff Lumber Thursday night was quickly brought under control thanks to Kalesnikoff’s own fire brigade and the quick response of volunteer fire departments from Tarrys, Crescent Valley and Ooteschenia.

The call reporting a structure fire came in through 911 at abut 11 p.m. Nine fire fighters from Tarrys, seven from Ooteschenia and ten from Crescent Valley responded to the call, with the first crews arriving at the fire within ten minutes. The three departments have a mutual aid agreement that sees all of them respond any time there is a structure fire at Kalesnikoff Lumber.

When the fire fighters arrived on scene, the Kalesnikoff fire brigade had already initiated their protocols and was extinguishing the fire with their fire hoses. “That helped a lot to knock it down quite a bit before we arrived,” said Tarrys fire chief Greg Patterson. “It was definitely beneficial to have their fire brigade there to do the initial attack.”

“It didn’t take long to get it under control, but there was a lot of hot spots that kept flaring up,” added Patterson. Fire crews remained on scene for about three hours.

The fire started when an acetylene torch cutting steel ignited some grease and oil. “It is a good thing that Kalesnikoff Lumber keeps a clean mill, so there is not a lot of chips or sawdust around to become fuel,” said Patterson.

Just Posted

South Okanagan-Kootenay MP calls federal budget ‘not bold enough’

Richard Cannings, MP for South OK and Kootenay communities says budget missed the mark

Parmedics union raises alarm over spike in out-of-service ambulances

Staffing shortages affecting service levels in Kootenays

Update: Car located in Pend d’Oreille River, teenagers remain missing

A fundraiser has been set up at Kootenay Savings in Fruitvale to help support the family

Spring has sprung in the Kootenays

Showers and temperatures near the seasonal norm of 10 C are expected by Sunday

Two missing in Pend d’Oreille crash

A 15-year-old male and 18-year-old female both from Fruitvale are missing and presumed deceased

Five highlights in the 2019 federal budget

Latest budget includes a sprinkling of money for voters across a wide spectrum

Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

The company is also paying about $5 million to cover plaintiffs’ legal fees and other costs

B.C. mosque part of open-house effort launched in wake of New Zealand shootings

The ‘Visit a Mosque’ campaign aims to combat Islamophobia

‘That’s a load of crap’: Dog poop conspiracy spreads in White Rock

Allegation picked up steam through a Facebook page run by a city councillor

Explosives unit brought in after suspicious boxes left at B.C. RCMP detachment

Nanaimo RCMP issues all clear after packages were found on lawn earlier in the day

Newfoundland man caught after posting photo of himself drinking and driving

The 19-year-old took a photo of himself holding a beer bottle and cigarette while at the wheel

2019 BUDGET: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentives

Stronger economy last year delivered unexpected revenue bump of an extra $27.8 billion over six years

Carfentanil found in 15% of overdose deaths in January: B.C. coroner

Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than illicit fentanyl and used to tranquilize elephants

Kids found playing darts with syringes in Vancouver Island park

Saanich police is urging people to throw out their syringes properly and safely

Most Read