Fire at the Finnish Labour Temple in Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay Fire Rescue (TBFR) responded to a fire at the historic Finnish Labour Temple at approximately 7pm on Wednesday, December 22nd. A total of six pumpers, two aerial ladders, and one command unit responded to the fire.
The initial alarm was upgraded to a second alarm after crews arrived at the scene and noticed thick smoke coming from the eaves of the third floor and roof.
Fire crews entered the building and proceeded to the third floor to attempt an interior fire attack, but were eventually pushed out of the building as conditions worsened. At which point, crews took a defensive posture to prevent fire from spreading to nearby occupied buildings.
There were no injuries to report at the time of the blaze. At this time, TBFR crews continue to battle the fire at the site and are expected to remain on scene throughout Thursday.
The fire’s cause is undetermined at this time, but an investigating is expected to be carried out as soon as fire crews can render the structure safe to do so.