Make this page my home page
  1. Drag the home icon in this panel and drop it onto the "house icon" in the tool bar for the browser

  2. Select "Yes" from the popup window and you're done!

Print Comment RSS

City pays millions for firefighter-caused blaze

While battling a warehouse fire, crews set off a second blaze that caused significant damage

By FireRescue1 Staff

MONTREAL — A Montreal suburb was fined $3.7 million after a judge declared firefighters made a warehouse fire worse by setting a second blaze.

120 firefighters responded to the September 2004 fire, which had broken out in the storage room of a foam plant, and used a chainsaw to cut a hole in the plant's ceiling across the hall from where the fire was spreading, according to the Sun News Network.

The sparks from the chainsaw ignited nearby polymers used in making Styrofoam, which caused another fire.

The resulting second blaze along with the first fire took firefighter 11 hours to extinguish, leaving significant damage to the warehouse.

Insurer's blamed the Laval Fire Department for its mistake and had sued for $9 million.

A judge agreed that the firefighters worsened the fire by using the chainsaw.

The city has not decided if it will appeal the decision.




Comments
The comments below are member-generated and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of FireRescue1.com or its staff. If you cannot see comments, try disabling privacy and ad blocking plugins in your browser. All comments must comply with our Member Commenting Policy.
No comments

FireRescue1 Offers

Fire-EMS
Fire-EMS

Sponsored by

Connect with FireRescue1

Mobile Apps Facebook Twitter Google+

Get the #1 Fire eNewsletter

Fire Newsletter Sign up for our FREE email roundup of the top news, tips, columns, videos and more, sent 3 times weekly
Enter Email
See Sample