A massive fire causes a power outage in Pembroke.
Dan Herback, Fire Chief for the Pembroke Fire Department says that flames broke out at Lavern Heideman and Sons lumber yard on Wednesday night.
The Fire Department got the call around 8:10 and Herback says when they got there, they realized that the hopper was already engulfed in flames and that the building was burning well. At its peak, he says 34-36 fire fighters were on location, fighting the flames. He adds that the Laurentian Valley Fire Department lent a hand by responding to other calls in Pembroke while most of the Pembroke Fire Department had their hands full at the lumber yard.
Herback says that the fire started in the hopper which collapsed and fell on one of the city’s major hydro artery’s that was powering many homes. Pembroke and some of its surrounding areas found themselves in the dark till 6:30 Thursday morning.
A portion of Boundary Road was closed between Paul Martin Drive and Bennett Street for a good portion of the day but Herback says that the roads that were closed have now been reopened.
As of now, he says it’s too early to assume a cause of the fire and that the Fire Marshal’s Office are on scene. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident.