Six Nations cigarette factory goes up in smoke

News Apr 11, 2016 by Matthew Van Dongen The Hamilton Spectator

A massive fire that destroyed a closed cigarette factory on the edge of Ohsweken this morning will be probed by the Ontario Fire Marshal's office.

Six Nations fire crews arrived at 1342 Chiefswood Road around 4 a.m. to find the entire south side of a large warehouse ablaze and "large arcs of hydro" shooting from the building, said Chief Matthew Miller.

More than 50 firefighters from Six Nations, Brant County and Haldimand County were needed to control the fire, which eventually caused the building to collapse. A Six Nations pumper truck failed during the firefighting effort, but a fill-in from Brant County quickly took over, Miller said.

No one was injured in the firefighting effort, Miller said, a search of the rubble later this morning found no bodies in the building. He said there was no evidence of "hazardous materials" in the warehouse.

"As far as we know, there was no one inside, no one hurt," he said.

Miller wouldn't comment specifically on what might have caused the fire, but added police and the Ontario Fire Marshal's office would be investigating. "There are some things we've found that need to be looked at," he said.

Miller said he was told the building had once been used to make cigarettes, but that production had stopped earlier this year. He wouldn't identify the building owner, but said he was thought to live near the warehouse.

Local firefighters will remain on the scene today to deal with "hotspots" in the rubble and aid the provincial fire investigator, who is expected on scene by late morning.

Six Nations cigarette factory goes up in smoke

News Apr 11, 2016 by Matthew Van Dongen The Hamilton Spectator

A massive fire that destroyed a closed cigarette factory on the edge of Ohsweken this morning will be probed by the Ontario Fire Marshal's office.

Six Nations fire crews arrived at 1342 Chiefswood Road around 4 a.m. to find the entire south side of a large warehouse ablaze and "large arcs of hydro" shooting from the building, said Chief Matthew Miller.

More than 50 firefighters from Six Nations, Brant County and Haldimand County were needed to control the fire, which eventually caused the building to collapse. A Six Nations pumper truck failed during the firefighting effort, but a fill-in from Brant County quickly took over, Miller said.

No one was injured in the firefighting effort, Miller said, a search of the rubble later this morning found no bodies in the building. He said there was no evidence of "hazardous materials" in the warehouse.

"As far as we know, there was no one inside, no one hurt," he said.

Miller wouldn't comment specifically on what might have caused the fire, but added police and the Ontario Fire Marshal's office would be investigating. "There are some things we've found that need to be looked at," he said.

Miller said he was told the building had once been used to make cigarettes, but that production had stopped earlier this year. He wouldn't identify the building owner, but said he was thought to live near the warehouse.

Local firefighters will remain on the scene today to deal with "hotspots" in the rubble and aid the provincial fire investigator, who is expected on scene by late morning.

Six Nations cigarette factory goes up in smoke

News Apr 11, 2016 by Matthew Van Dongen The Hamilton Spectator

A massive fire that destroyed a closed cigarette factory on the edge of Ohsweken this morning will be probed by the Ontario Fire Marshal's office.

Six Nations fire crews arrived at 1342 Chiefswood Road around 4 a.m. to find the entire south side of a large warehouse ablaze and "large arcs of hydro" shooting from the building, said Chief Matthew Miller.

More than 50 firefighters from Six Nations, Brant County and Haldimand County were needed to control the fire, which eventually caused the building to collapse. A Six Nations pumper truck failed during the firefighting effort, but a fill-in from Brant County quickly took over, Miller said.

No one was injured in the firefighting effort, Miller said, a search of the rubble later this morning found no bodies in the building. He said there was no evidence of "hazardous materials" in the warehouse.

"As far as we know, there was no one inside, no one hurt," he said.

Miller wouldn't comment specifically on what might have caused the fire, but added police and the Ontario Fire Marshal's office would be investigating. "There are some things we've found that need to be looked at," he said.

Miller said he was told the building had once been used to make cigarettes, but that production had stopped earlier this year. He wouldn't identify the building owner, but said he was thought to live near the warehouse.

Local firefighters will remain on the scene today to deal with "hotspots" in the rubble and aid the provincial fire investigator, who is expected on scene by late morning.