Ebene Magazine – « We just lost everything »: The building in North Bay Midas goes up in flames

Ebene Magazine - "We just lost everything": The building in North Bay Midas goes up in flames

Alana Pickrell
CTV News video journalist from Northern Ontario


With black smoke and ashes pouring out of the building, Patsy ONeil, co-owner of Midas, watched her shop go up in flames.

« We just lost everything, » she said with tears in her eyes. « My son also works here and lost his job. Everything we have in this shop is just gone. »

Firefighters were called to the car dealership on Main Street East at 10:49 a.m. on Monday, with all three stations responding to the emergency.

« On arrival we had a heavy fire in the building, thick black smoke, » said fire department chief Jason Whiteley. « We faced two employees who were injured in the fire. Given the nature of this building, a car service facility with the amount of flammable liquids, oils and acetylene tanks we are, we immediately went on the defensive Dealing with inside the building. « 

« My husband and son went to the hospital, » said ONeil. « You’re fine, you just have a few minor [injuries] on your body and I don’t know much more right now. »

ONeil says she has owned the North Bay store for 12 years and the loss is devastating.

« They were working on a car to turn off a gas tank and put a pump in, » ONeil said. « After that I don’t know what happened because I left the store. »

Crews were still on site until noon to bring the fire under control.

« We’re having an insistent gun battle in the office area right now because it’s in the false ceiling there, » Whiteley said. « So between the roof and the finished ceiling, and because we have not yet been able to enter the building, it will be a little more difficult. We have the upper hand over the fire now, but we will do it. » be a while longer. « 

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Ref: https://northernontario.ctvnews.ca



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