Hand sanitizer keeping barn fire burning in Flamborough: fire chief

Hamilton's fire chief says "significant quantities of hand sanitizer" is keeping a large barn fire burning near Flamborough.

2 barns collapsed, but no reported injuries according to fire chief

The remnants of a barn burning
Hamilton firefighters are still battling a fire in Flamborough that's been burning over 24 hours. (Hamilton Fire Department/Twitter)

Hamilton's fire chief says "significant quantities of hand sanitizer" is keeping a barn fire burning in Flamborough.

Dave Cunliffe told CBC Hamilton it's a "deep seated fire" and the sanitizer is still burning.

He said in a media release firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire at the barn on Regional Road 97 near Kirkwall Road at roughly 1:28 p.m. Thursday. 

The lot is roughly 66 hectares and the home was built in the 1870s according to Zolo.ca, a real estate site.

"Responding crews reported that heavy black smoke could be seen from many kilometres away," he wrote.

Cunliffe said when firefighters reached the scene, two large barns were on fire, as well as multiple vehicles, hay bales and hand sanitizer being stored on the property and in the barns.

Volunteer firefighters were called to help extinguish the flames, he said, but both barns collapsed.

Cunliffe said firefighters were also trying to stop a two-storey house adjacent to the property from catching fire.

"The Ministry of the Environment as well as the Hamilton Conservation Authority and Grand River Conservation Authority have been notified given the involvement of hand sanitizer and the amount of water being utilized on the property for firefighting purposes," he said.

Cunliffe said the Ontario Fire Marshals Office was also notified, but he doesn't think the fire is suspicious.

No injures have been reported and there's no sense of how much it will cost to repair the damage.


Bobby Hristova is a journalist with CBC Hamilton. He reports on all issues, but has a knack for stories that hold people accountable, stories that focus on social issues and investigative journalism. He previously worked for the National Post and CityNews in Toronto. You can contact him at bobby.hristova@cbc.ca.


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