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Fire ignites during demolition work at former Lambton Generating Station

DCN-JOC News Services
Fire ignites during demolition work at former Lambton Generating Station
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CORUNNA, ONT. — A fire broke out during demolition at the former Lambton Generating Station Tuesday (Jan. 10).

The coal-fuelled power plant located on 1886 St. Clair Parkway on the St. Clair River near Corunna, Ont. closed in 2013. Delsan AIM has been doing demolition work for Ontario Power Generation on the site.

St. Clair Township firefighters from Courtright and Brigden were on the scene at 11 a.m.

“It took about 90 minutes or so to get it under control and the rest was mop up and searching for hot spots,” St. Clair Township Fire Chief Richard Boyes told the Daily Commercial News.

“It was a steel structure with pipes inside of it that had a rubber lining. The cutting torch ignited the rubber lining in the pipe when it was being cut and that subsequently ignited other flammable materials in the vicinity of the pipe that were in the absorber.” 

No workers were injured and there was no dollar damage because the building is being demolished.

“We arrived and upon size up we saw that the structure, which was laying on its side from the previous demolition work,” said Boyes. “It was open and you could see the fire burning in and around the pipes inside the structure.”

It was a big fire and crews used two aerial trucks to put out the blaze, Boyes said.

“We set up aerial operations to get the water up and in to where it was needed and it was just a case of putting enough water into it to extinguish the fire,” Boyes said. “It was a straightforward situation. It was just stubborn inside because there is a whole maze of pipes inside.”

Delsan AIM followed all necessary protocols, said Boyes.

“All their safety procedures were excellent and they followed their protocol to the ‘T,’” he noted. “They just stood back and assisted us with what we needed.”

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