VIDEO: Flamborough recycling facility fire causes $1.2 million in damage

News Jul 22, 2020 by Kate McCullough Hamilton Spectator

A fire at a Flamborough recycling facility Wednesday night was caused by workers not properly handling recycling material, says the Hamilton Fire Department.

The fire at 624 Middletown Rd., south of Concession 4 West, caused about $1.2 million in damage, said assistant deputy chief Shawn De Jager.

Firefighters were called to the property just before 7:45 p.m. July 22. When crews first arrived, they found a well-involved fire in a portion of the building and additional fire crews were called in.

“After an aggressive fire attack, crews were able to contain the fire to the portion of the main building where the fire started,” De Jager said.

Hamilton fire crews battle a stubborn blaze at a recycling facility on Middletown Road July 22. Resident Jaxon Vanderkruk captured this footage and shared it with the Flamborough Review.

No one was in the building when crews arrived. One firefighter received a minor injury.

The fire department called both the Office of the Fire Marshal and the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

However, the fire marshal did not attend because the fire was not suspicious and interviews with employees helped the fire department determine the cause.

The environment ministry did attend the scene. An initial assessment of the site — a metal recycling and end-of-life vehicle processing facility — overnight showed no impacts, said ministry spokesperson Lindsay Davidson.

However, a ministry officer is expected to meet with the City of Hamilton at the site again Thursday to assess the area in daylight.

The ministry’s spills action centre received a call about a fire around 9:30 p.m. and staff arrived on site around midnight, Davidson said.

By that time, the fire had consumed the entire structure. There were no requests for air monitoring as smoke was not affecting nearby residents.

Water used to douse the fire was found within a 150 metre stretch of the ditch that runs along Middletown Road and most of the fire water was contained on the property, Davidson said.

The ministry assessed nearby surface water receptors, including a small tributary of Spencer Creek about 500 meters from the fire site, but did not see any impacts overnight. The property owner will be contacted and will be responsible for any mitigation needed.

Firefighters remained on scene overnight and Thursday morning, working to extinguish hot spots, De Jager said. Heavy machinery is also being used to remove the collapsed part of the building.

Nicole O’Reilly is a Hamilton-based reporter covering crime and justice for The Spectator. Reach her via email: noreilly@thespec.com

VIDEO: Flamborough recycling facility fire causes $1.2 million in damage

The fire marshal did not attend because the fire was not suspicious

News Jul 22, 2020 by Kate McCullough Hamilton Spectator

A fire at a Flamborough recycling facility Wednesday night was caused by workers not properly handling recycling material, says the Hamilton Fire Department.

The fire at 624 Middletown Rd., south of Concession 4 West, caused about $1.2 million in damage, said assistant deputy chief Shawn De Jager.

Firefighters were called to the property just before 7:45 p.m. July 22. When crews first arrived, they found a well-involved fire in a portion of the building and additional fire crews were called in.

“After an aggressive fire attack, crews were able to contain the fire to the portion of the main building where the fire started,” De Jager said.

Hamilton fire crews battle a stubborn blaze at a recycling facility on Middletown Road July 22. Resident Jaxon Vanderkruk captured this footage and shared it with the Flamborough Review.

No one was in the building when crews arrived. One firefighter received a minor injury.

The fire department called both the Office of the Fire Marshal and the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

However, the fire marshal did not attend because the fire was not suspicious and interviews with employees helped the fire department determine the cause.

The environment ministry did attend the scene. An initial assessment of the site — a metal recycling and end-of-life vehicle processing facility — overnight showed no impacts, said ministry spokesperson Lindsay Davidson.

However, a ministry officer is expected to meet with the City of Hamilton at the site again Thursday to assess the area in daylight.

The ministry’s spills action centre received a call about a fire around 9:30 p.m. and staff arrived on site around midnight, Davidson said.

By that time, the fire had consumed the entire structure. There were no requests for air monitoring as smoke was not affecting nearby residents.

Water used to douse the fire was found within a 150 metre stretch of the ditch that runs along Middletown Road and most of the fire water was contained on the property, Davidson said.

The ministry assessed nearby surface water receptors, including a small tributary of Spencer Creek about 500 meters from the fire site, but did not see any impacts overnight. The property owner will be contacted and will be responsible for any mitigation needed.

Firefighters remained on scene overnight and Thursday morning, working to extinguish hot spots, De Jager said. Heavy machinery is also being used to remove the collapsed part of the building.

Nicole O’Reilly is a Hamilton-based reporter covering crime and justice for The Spectator. Reach her via email: noreilly@thespec.com

VIDEO: Flamborough recycling facility fire causes $1.2 million in damage

The fire marshal did not attend because the fire was not suspicious

News Jul 22, 2020 by Kate McCullough Hamilton Spectator

A fire at a Flamborough recycling facility Wednesday night was caused by workers not properly handling recycling material, says the Hamilton Fire Department.

The fire at 624 Middletown Rd., south of Concession 4 West, caused about $1.2 million in damage, said assistant deputy chief Shawn De Jager.

Firefighters were called to the property just before 7:45 p.m. July 22. When crews first arrived, they found a well-involved fire in a portion of the building and additional fire crews were called in.

“After an aggressive fire attack, crews were able to contain the fire to the portion of the main building where the fire started,” De Jager said.

Hamilton fire crews battle a stubborn blaze at a recycling facility on Middletown Road July 22. Resident Jaxon Vanderkruk captured this footage and shared it with the Flamborough Review.

No one was in the building when crews arrived. One firefighter received a minor injury.

The fire department called both the Office of the Fire Marshal and the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

However, the fire marshal did not attend because the fire was not suspicious and interviews with employees helped the fire department determine the cause.

The environment ministry did attend the scene. An initial assessment of the site — a metal recycling and end-of-life vehicle processing facility — overnight showed no impacts, said ministry spokesperson Lindsay Davidson.

However, a ministry officer is expected to meet with the City of Hamilton at the site again Thursday to assess the area in daylight.

The ministry’s spills action centre received a call about a fire around 9:30 p.m. and staff arrived on site around midnight, Davidson said.

By that time, the fire had consumed the entire structure. There were no requests for air monitoring as smoke was not affecting nearby residents.

Water used to douse the fire was found within a 150 metre stretch of the ditch that runs along Middletown Road and most of the fire water was contained on the property, Davidson said.

The ministry assessed nearby surface water receptors, including a small tributary of Spencer Creek about 500 meters from the fire site, but did not see any impacts overnight. The property owner will be contacted and will be responsible for any mitigation needed.

Firefighters remained on scene overnight and Thursday morning, working to extinguish hot spots, De Jager said. Heavy machinery is also being used to remove the collapsed part of the building.

Nicole O’Reilly is a Hamilton-based reporter covering crime and justice for The Spectator. Reach her via email: noreilly@thespec.com