A Nanaimo Fire Rescue firefighter positions a hose while putting out fires in two scrap piles at the Harmac Pacific mill in Nanaimo’s Duke Point area early Saturday morning. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

VIDEO: Fires break out in scrap piles at Harmac mill

Nanaimo firefighters got blazes under control in early morning hours Saturday

Firefighters were called out in the early morning hours Saturday to put out a fire at Harmac Pacific mill.

Two scrap wood piles at the mill caught fire and sent sparks hundreds of feet up into the air.

Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews were alerted to the fire on Phoenix Way in the Duke Point area at about midnight.

“We found two fully involved chip piles, Harmac employees on scene, embers flying about 500 feet to the east,” said Capt. Dan Multari. “Our main goal was to start knocking down the fires and control the embers with the wind to the east.”

He said the cause of the fire is undetermined but it appears it started between the two scrap piles. He said Harmac was not doing any burning.

North Cedar Fire Department came to provide assistance and Harmac firefighters were also en route.

Multari said even though crews were able to get the fire under control, “we’ll be here for some time … our main concern is to make sure that there’s no fires spread from the wind and the embers.”



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Island pickleball players perfectly prepared

Top-notch action at Fuller Lake Park in singles, doubles and mixed doubles

Dormant Chemainus Foods building soon to be revived

Market expected to bring new life to the downtown core

Ladysmith Arts Council leads effort to establish Vancouver Island as an arts powerhouse

Terry O’Reilly will be the keynote speaker during an interactive live webcast on August 8 at 6pm

Oyster Bay Microtel solidifies reputation as a Vancouver Island destination

The Microtel is focused on continuing to build their reputation over the summer

Charity the name of the game for Crofton slo-pitch tournament participants

Crofton Fire Department event benefits three recipients

VIDEO: B.C. MLA Michelle Stilwell takes first steps in nearly 30 years

‘It actually felt like walking. It’s been 27 years… but it felt realistic to me’

Dog recovering after being drenched in hot coffee, B.C. man charged

Man was taken into custody, charged, and released pending a court date

Taekwondo instructor, 21, identified as B.C. bat rabies victim

Nick Major, 21, an instructor at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville

Science expedition to Canada’s largest underwater volcano departs Vancouver Island

Crews prepared for a two-week research mission to the Explorer Seamount

B.C. shipyard to get one-third of $1.5 billion frigate-repair contract

The federal government has promised to invest $7.5 billion to maintain the 12 frigates

15-year-old with imitation gun caused ‘dynamic’ scene at Nanaimo mall

No one was harmed in Monday’s incident, say Nanaimo RCMP

Worried about bats? Here’s what to do if you come across one in B.C.

Bat expert with the BC Community Bat Program urges caution around the small creatures

Vancouver Island mom says she will go to court overseas to try to get daughter back

Tasha Brown says her estranged wife abducted their daughter Kaydance Etchells in 2016

B.C. on right road with tougher ride-hailing driver rules, says expert

The provincial government is holding firm that ride-hailing drivers have a Class 4 licence

Most Read