Fire Crews Respond to Spontaneous Combustion Alarm
Investigators have determined that spontaneous combustion was the cause of a fire at a large industrial linen cleaning plant at 700 block Stanley Dethridge Bay at 2 a.m. this past Sunday. Effective alarm and sprinkler systems at the site helped Regina Fire and Protective Services (RFPS) successfully contain the fire. No injuries were reported.
“We only average a couple of these fires a year that are deemed spontaneous combustion,” said Fire Chief Layne Jackson. “Our investigators determined this fire was caused by spontaneous combustion of laundered material contaminated with oil based organic products.”
RFPS are reminding all Regina industrial business owners and operators to ensure their fire and safety systems are inspected annually as per the National Fire Code and Regina Fire Bylaw and serviced by a licensed technician. Properly maintained alarm systems provide early notification, allowing the Fire Department to respond quickly and prevent the spread of fire.
All residents are also reminded to ensure rags used for any application of oil-based organic products, such as certain wood finishing products and cooking oils, are correctly laundered and dried before being discarded or folded and stored.
If you witness a fire emergency, call 911 immediately. For additional information on fire safety, visit Regina.ca/fire.