Nova Scotia

Sydney commercial building destroyed by fire on Grand Lake Road

An early morning fire in Sydney destroyed a building rented by a local landscaping company, but firefighters were able to prevent the blaze from spreading.

Building occupied by landscaping company; fire prevented from spreading to other businesses

A firefighter at the scene of a commercial building fire early Wednesday morning on Grand Lake Road in Sydney. (George Mortimer/CBC)

Firefighters focused on saving surrounding businesses when a fire broke out Wednesday morning in Sydney, in a small building rented by a landscaping company.

The building, which was located on Grand Lake Road behind Miller Rentals, was destroyed.

A police officer records fire damage to a commercial building in Sydney that was destroyed in an early morning fire on Wednesday. (George Mortimer/CBC)

Thick black smoke could be seen for several kilometres just after 5 a.m.

Firefighters from the Grand Lake Road, Mira Road and Sydney fire departments worked to douse the blaze, which took about an hour to contain and extinguish.

Heavy equipment belonging to Miller Rentals, a nearby business, were undamaged in the fire after firefighters worked to keep the blaze from spreading. (George Mortimer/CBC)

"The fire was fully involved upon [our] arrival, coming out of the roof, everywhere," said Aubrey Farrow, the assistant deputy fire chief for the Grand Lake Road Volunteer Fire Department.

He also said there was heavy smoke, as well as explosions caused by materials inside the burning structure.

One unit of firefighters was tasked with keeping flames and ash from damaging a large car dealership next door. Several backhoes parked alongside Miller Rentals were also not damaged.

There were no injuries.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is being investigated. (George Mortimer/CBC)

With files from the CBC's George Mortimer