Members of Shuniah Fire and Emergency Services (SFES) responded to two separate incidents Monday evening, prompting a reminder about fire safety from officials in the rural northwestern Ontario municipality, just east of Thunder Bay.
In a written release Tuesday, the service said 19 SFES firefighters were dispatched to a report of a sauna fire on Portage Drive in Pass Lake, about 60 kilometres east of Thunder Bay.
SFES crews acted as mutual aid to the lead agency on the scene, and the fire was cleared just after 10 p.m.
Before the equipment refit was complete from the fire in Pass Lake, crews were then called to a scene in the 500 block of Lakeshore Drive just after 11 p.m., the SFES stated.
Firefighters found two sidewalk plows “fully involved” and in close proximity to vehicles, heavy equipment, and a commercial garage, said SFES officials.
According to the service, a total of 19 SFES members, five Pass Lake firefighters, OPP and Superior North EMS all responded to the second fire.
“Firefighters quickly knocked the fire down, preventing fire spread, and had it under control within 8 minutes of arriving on scene,” SFES officials said.
The Lakeshore Drive fire was extinguished by midnight, and all units were back in service by 1:30 a.m.
Officials with SFES said the cause of the fire on Lakeshore Drive is still under investigation.
“SFES would like to remind the public, fire fatalities in the province have increased 65 per cent compared to the same time last year, with 17 Ontarians dying in fires in March alone,” the service also noted in its release.
Because more people are at home due to COVID-19, the SFES are reminding people to remain vigilant about fire safety, test smoke alarms and maintain fire escape plans.