“The adjacent grain elevator to the one that collapsed did show signs of flame but that has since been extinguished,” writes Lesley Nielsen-Bjerke of the Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership (GPREP).
Some roads near the scene of the fire will remain closed for an “indefinite period of time”, which includes 100 Street, running from 99 Avenue to 100 Avenue, as well as Elevator Road, according to Nielson-Bjerke.
The blaze – first reported on Tuesday January 13, 2015 at 7:35 p.m. – was so large that it required a response from the Town of Sexsmith, Country of Grande Prairie’s Clairmont, Dunes, LaGlace, Teepee Creek and Bezanson fire stations, as well as fire stations from the Town of Wembley and the City of Grande Prairie.
This resulted in a total of 39 firefighters, 2 ladder trucks, 4 engines, 3 brush units, 2 water tenders, 2 rescue units, 2 support units and the Bezanson Mobile Bus Utility Unit.
This is in addition to the “emergency personnel from other services” who also responded.