Swift Current fire department busy

Photo from Thursday morning and the aftermath.

Swift Current firefighters battled a large fire under extremely cold conditions on Wednesday night, Jan. 15.

The fire started in the early evening at a business premise on 1960 Greenblat Street, which is situated in an area with several businesses at the corner of Chaplin Street East and Highway No. 4.

According to a Swift Current Fire Department media release, the call was received at 7:50 p.m. on Jan. 15 and fire personnel were on the scene until 3:15 a.m. on Jan. 16.

“A report of excessive smoke was called in by an individual that was in the vicinity of the fire,” the media release stated. “The fire took several hours to contain and the extreme cold temperatures made the firefighting efforts particularly difficult.”

The temperature was around -32 degrees Celsius at the time of the fire and during the night the wind chill factor varied between -40 and -45 degrees Celsius.

The fire did not result in any injuries, but the west half of the building was severly damaged. Firefighters were able to remove four large trucks from the east side of the building.

Fifteen full-time and nine auxiliary firefighters battled the blaze. Several fire trucks were used to fight the fire, including a ladder truck.

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