In the early hours of January 15, members of the public observed smoke and flames coming from a commercial building located at 405 Van Buren Street, known as the Tallman Truck Centre. Calls were quickly made to 911 reporting the fire incident and the North Grenville Fire Service was dispatched to the scene. Arriving on scene, firefighters observed heavy smoke and flames coming from an auto body garage, an independent building from the main business.
Heavy equipment assisted by moving collapsed building debris so firefighters could extinguish remaining hot spots. The fire was completely extinguished around 4 am; however, the structure and contents were a total loss. The building did not contain any motor vehicles with the exception of a forklift.
“Since the structure contained an auto body operation, the fire department took environmental safety measures to contain water run-off, and report the fire incident to environmental authorities as a standard procedure”, said North Grenville Fire Chief, John Okum. Notifications were also made to authorities of the Municipality of North Grenville, along with other local utilities and the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal.
Chief Okum stated that the area is safe and there was no risk to surrounding properties or the public. The owner will work with their insurance company regarding debris removal and scene clean-up efforts.
The North Grenville Fire Service would like to thank their emergency service partners (OPP and Leeds & Grenville Paramedic Service) for their assistance at the scene. Thanks also to Merrickville and Edwardsburg Cardinal fire departments for providing mutual aid assistance.