Day 57 – Winter Fire   7 comments

The extreme cold that Edmonton has been enjoying does little to prevent fires but it makes the fires much harder to put out.

Yesterday, there was a fire on the north side of the city. Thankfully it was an unoccupied, commercial structure so no one was hurt in the fire. Unfortunately, it was a heritage listed site so a bit of Edmonton’s history was lost.

The fire occurred early in the morning while the temperature was hovering around -30C. The extreme temperature makes it very hard for the fire fighters. Not only do hoses freeze hampering their efforts, but the cold and wet puts the fire fighters at risk. They work in short 30-minute rotations to protect themselves from frostbite.

The last time there was a major fire in these temperatures they had to bring in steam trucks to free the firetrucks from the ice that had formed while fighting the fire. You can see why when you visit the aftermath of this fire. The whole area is covered in piles of fresh ice from the lamp poles, the road cones and the sidewalk to the power lines, trees and the charred remnants of the building.

As you can see in the picture, there was also a vehicle at the site. While it appeared untouched by the fire, it looks like ice might be a bit of a problem, especially when you see that the driver’s window is slightly open. I wonder what it looks like inside.


7 responses to “Day 57 – Winter Fire

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  1. Ouch!
    I remember one fire a few years back when a bunch of the guys here (including Richard) were very sick with colds/bronchitis/pneumonia afterwards, because some of the water got inside their bunker gear and froze them up after.

    Great shot … carries lots of story in it.

  2. What a paradox. And please…tell me that photo isn’t what it looks like outside your window…its March man!

    • Sadly my friend, this is exactly what it’s like here. It’s -20C today. Of course, a couple of days ago it was -30C so we’re heading in the right direction!

  3. All I have to say is…WOW!

  4. Hi Mike,

    I can feel the cold in this picture – well done.


    Jon Longworth
  5. This one really paints a picture of what it is like – scary!

  6. This is a great picture ! So creepy ! I’m really enjoying reading through your blog too!

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