Halifax Fire quickly extinguishes blaze on roof of under-construction building

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Halifax Fire made quick work of extinguishing a blaze at an under-construction apartment building in the 300 block of Larry Uteck Boulevard.

Videos and photos posted to social media showed a cloud of thick, grey smoke rising from the roof of the building on Friday morning.

Deputy fire chief Dave Meldrum told Global News firefighters responded around 9:30 a.m.

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While firefighters were heading up the stairs, aerial fire trucks extended ladders with hose connections up to the roof to quickly get the water flowing.

“Crews did a great job of getting up there. Those are difficult fires in multi-storey high-rise buildings,” Meldrum said. “They got there quickly, they knocked that fire down quickly, and it was a good job by our firefighters today, as it usually is.”

The fire, which appeared to have been confined to roofing construction materials, was put out by around 10:15.

He said firefighters were staying to pull those materials apart and ensure the fire is completely extinguished.

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The cause is unclear, but he said a fire investigator will look into it further. No injuries have been reported.

Meldrum said some units have been sent back to their stations, though it’s likely there will be some Halifax Fire presence for some time on Friday.

A section of Larry Uteck Boulevard was closed in the morning but reopened shortly before noon.

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