Fire damages environment ministry building

NANAIMO – Planter burns, causing cosmetic and smoke damage to Ministry of Environment building.

  • Jul. 10, 2013 5:00 a.m.

A fire in a planter caused exterior cosmetic damage and interior smoke damage to the Ministry of Environment building on Labieux Road late Tuesday.

Firefighters knocked down the fire shortly before 11:30 p.m.

Ennis Mond, Nanaimo Fire Rescue fire prevention officer, said flames from a planter, located outside the structure, got into exterior foam insulation under the building’s stucco cladding, causing burn damage to a six meter by  one metre area. There is also some smoke damage to the building’s interior.

No one was injured and what started the planter on fire is under investigation.