No injuries in Noboco fire

No one was injured, but heat and flames from a fire at Noboco damaged both the building and stored products at the styrofoam manufacturing plant.

On Jan. 4 at 7:42 a.m., Campbell River fire crews responded to a report of an industrial fire at 1921 Coulter Rd.

“When fire crews arrived, they confirmed heavy smoke was coming from the large industrial building,” says deputy fire chief Thomas Doherty. “The building was equipped with a sprinkler system, which limited the spread of fire and enabled crews to initiate a quick interior attack to contain the fire to one area of the building.”

At the time of the fire, an estimated 40,000 styrofoam containers and an additional 40,000 styrofoam lids were stored in preparation for shipment.

“The fuel load in the building was extremely flammable and posed considerable risk to fire crews,” Doherty adds.

A damage estimate is yet to be finalized,but Doherty says there is a considerable amount of damage to the stored products as well as structural damage due to the high heat. The cause of the fire is under investigation.