New Gold bus garage destroyed by fire

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A storage garage and several busses have been reduced to rubble after an early morning fire at the New Gold employee lot.

The fire is deemed not suspicious at this time, according to OPP.

At around 2:23AM, Saturday January 27, the Alberton Fire Department received a report of a large commercial structure fire. The call was quickly upgraded prompting assistance from neighbouring fire departments including La Vallee, Emo, Couchiching, and Fort Frances, who provided an Aerial apparatus and access to town hydrants. Additionally, the Ontario Provincial Police, Ed Kaun and Sons, Enbridge, Hydro One, and Daryl’s Custom Landscaping were present to support the efforts to control the incident. The Office of the Fire Marshal’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit also provided remote assistance in addressing an uncontrolled gas leak. The incident was successfully resolved at approximately 4:00 p.m. on January 27, 2024. Although the general public was not in immediate danger, the Rainy River District Paramedic Service was on site to ensure the safety of all responders.

Multiple emergency services and utilities attended an early morning blaze at the New Gold bus garage, Saturday. The blaze forced the closure of the highway, and pulled in five fire services. – Allan Bradbury photo

“This incident highlights the importance of cooperation and teamwork in emergency situations,” wrote the Alberton Volunteer Fire Service in a release.

The Rainy River District OPP is requesting anyone with information to call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at www.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.