Smoke and explosions rock Blenheim

A fire at Carey’s Leasing Ltd., in Blenheim on May 18, 2017 did about $250,000 of damage to two transport trucks. Image: CKFES

A dramatic blaze last night in Blenheim caused about $250,000 in damage to two transport trucks. Reports of explosions and smoke at 10 Graham Street came in just after 10:30 p.m.

Fire crews found a fierce and rapidly developing fire which had spread to engulf both trucks. Crews quickly extinguished the fire, protecting other trucks parked a few feet away as well as the main building which the fire was directly beside. Firefighters also had concerns about fuel tanks and trailer units that were close-by. About $2 million in property and multiple transport trucks were saved.

 “Once again we see our dedicated firefighters working to not only protect the lives and wellbeing of the residents of Chatham-Kent but also working hard to protect the valuable businesses that are the economic engines of our community,” said Assistant Chief Chris Case in a press release. “The crew from Blenheim did a fantastic job of getting to the scene and quickly bringing the situation under control. Every day responses like this remind me that I am immensely proud to be a member of Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services, where our teams work 24/7 to protect lives and livelihoods.”

Electrical wiring on the trucks was determined to be the cause of the fire.
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