Nobody was injured when a fire struck in a ventilation stack at Northline Collision yesterday (April 19).
Fire Chief Kelly Zacharias said Northline staff were cleaning one of the paint booths when a spark ignited the interior of the stack. Quick-thinking on the part of the staff to shut down the ventilation system effectively suppressed the flames.
Zacharias said 22 members of Smithers Fire Rescue responded to a call at approximately 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. While the fire was already under control when they arrived, firefighters conducted additional supression hosing down the stack from above with the department’s ladder truck.
They then used thermal imaging to ensure there was no further danger.
Overall, there was minimal damage to the business, Zacharias reported, mainly just to ventilation filters.