Where's there's smoke, there's ... not much of anything?

Kyra Hoggan
By Kyra Hoggan
November 3rd, 2009

Photo by Kyra Hoggan: Deputy fire chief Dwayne Monsen looks on as crews try to determine the source of foul-smelling smoke emanating from a downtown office building Friday.

The smell of acrid smoke surrounding the Castlegar Community Services Society (CCSS) building on Second Street saw fire crews responding to a 9-1-1 call Friday afternoon, only to find a common autumn issue at work.

“It was a problem with their air-handlign unit,” said fire chief Gerry Rempel, adding difficulties are par for the course with heating units and such when cold weather hits and the equipment is turned on for the first tme in months.

“We’ve had a few calls over furnaces …belts burning off and stuff like that,” he said.

Rempel said he recommends having furnaces and other heating/air-handling machinery inspected once a year to avoid this sort of hassle.

It took a while for crews to pinpoint the problem at CCSS, but once found, it was handled with dispatch, and no one was injured.

For more information about seasonal fire safety, call the Castlegar Fire Department at 250-365-3266.

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