© Austin M. Davis
Lt. Mike Gorgichuk of the Moose Jaw Fire Department descends the ladder after taking a last look around on the SIAST Palliser Campus roof on Thursday afternoon.
Moose Jaw firefighters drank more water than they used on Thursday afternoon.
“We just used a pump can, actually,” said Lt. Mike Gorgichuk of the Moose Jaw Fire Department. “We didn’t catch a hydrant. We used a pump can and we were able to put it out with that.”
Both headquarters and Lillooet stations responded to reports of a fire on the roof of SIAST Palliser Campus.
Firefighters were keeping hydrated and staying in the shade by about 2 p.m. They had already been on scene for more than an hour.
“We saw smoke coming out on the roof and we immediately pulled a line, grabbed a pump can, opened the roof up and extinguished the fire,” said Gorgichuk.
The source of the smoke was on the north side of the roof.
“It was just smoke, but you could see where it was very hot,” said Gorgichuk. “We didn’t actually see flame.”
There were roofers and plumbers working on the campus building on Thursday. No one was injured.
“We’re very fortunate. We caught it at a good stage,” said Gorgichuk
The fire inspector was still determining the origin of the fire and smoke.
“We went up there, ripped it apart and there was something smoldering in a corner,” said fire prevention officer Rod Klippenstein.
His work will involve going through 360 degree photos of the building, going through evidence, talking to stakeholders and workers.
“There was basically a piece of wood, a two-by-six, that made up part of the roof. It could have been smoldering for days,” Klippenstein said.
He said the heat, a temperature that felt like 32 C, might have been a factor.
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