Four firefighters are still recovering after a getting burned by a massive fire in Wolseley over the weekend.
The blaze obliterated three structures on Maryland at Westminster and the heat damaged a nearby traffic light as well as the front sign at Westminster United Church.
“The life risk could have been a lot worse than a loss of property,” explains Captain Rob Labossiere, who was in charge of the efforts at the scene. “The intensity of the heat was so much that we ended up having to move one [truck] a little further down the road, making sure firefighter safety was protected.”
All told, the fire early Saturday morning caused an estimated $4.5-million in damage, and police are working to find out if it was arson.
It was the first in a string of fires over the past few days. A garage fire not far from the Maryland fire was deemed arson, as was a much smaller fire at a St. James construction site Sunday night.
“Fires are bad enough when you’re trying to fight them in, I’ll call it ‘normal’ situations,””It does frustrate because that was a situation where we could have lost two people, if not more, if it weren’t for some heroic acts by individuals going into that fire.”
Two sisters were saved by four firefighters, who were all treated in hospital. Labossiere says the firefighters will be off work for a while as they continue to recover both physically and mentally.
“I express thanks for the crews on the great job they did and wish the family members a speedy recovery. I believe I heard one is still in hospital so I want to wish them the best.”