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Fredericton firefighters have busy day on the job Wednesday

It was a busy day for the Fredericton Fire Department on Wednesday as the force responded to three fires in three hours.

3 fires, one with a dog rescue, make for an active day for the fire crews

Fire crews responded to three fires in three hours Wednesday. (CBC)

It was a busy day for the Fredericton Fire Department on Wednesday as crews responded to three fires in three hours.

At 3:32 p.m., the department received a report of a building on fire on Fisher Avenue in Marysville. When fire crews arrived, they found what platoon captain Steve Fraser called a "heavy fire" in the rear of the one-storey bungalow.

"The fire would also advance into the attic space," he said.

"The entire roof and attic was destroyed by fire."

The fire was extinguished in about 30 minutes, but crews remained for several hours to put out hot spots. One firefighter was treated at the scene for heat exhaustion but was able to continue working.

No one was home at the time of the fire.

Crews were able to rescue the occupants' dog, as well as many personal items. 

The family has found lodgings. The investigation into the fire is continuing.

Back to the start

Earlier in the afternoon, at 1:17 p.m., the department also responded to a report of a fire at a private workshop on the Royal Road outside the city limits, near the Hurlet Road.

The fire, which was under control within 10 minutes, is thought to have been caused by sparks from a grinder igniting materials in the wall of the structure.

At 1:57 p.m. crews responded to reports of a 2017 model half-tonne truck on fire on Riverside Drive at the exit to the Princess Margaret Bridge.

The fire involved the fuel lines running under the cab and to the tank.

"It was quite difficult to extinguish," said Fraser.

"There was about 50 litres of … gasoline in the fuel tank."

The driver of the truck was able to escape the vehicle without injuries.