NFD responds to suspicious early morning fire at Academy of Oriental Sciences
Nelson Fire Department responded to a suspicious fire early Saturday morning at the Academy of Oriental Sciences Building at 303 Vernon Street.
The call came in to the department at 1:28 a.m. to the two on-duty members.
When fire crews arrived they found smoke billowing out of the basement and main floor area and the two occupants inside the building attempting douse the blaze using fire extinguishers.
However, the pair was unsuccessful.
An additional 13 members also responded to the call and quickly helped the on-duty staff extinguish the fire, preventing extension into the rest of the building.
“The fire appears to have originated in the basement and does appear suspicious in nature,” said Rick Maida Captain/Fire Prevention Officer for the NFD in a media release.
“(The fire) is under investigation by Nelson Fire and Nelson City Police.”
Members of Nelson Fire Department and Nelson Police were on the scene Saturday investigating the fire.
Maida said a total of 15 firefighters responded to the incident along with two fire engines, one ladder truck, one tender truck, one utility vehicle and one personal vehicle.
No injuries were reported as a result of this incident but Maida said damage is estimated at about $25,000.00.
Nelson Fire Rescue would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to ensure that their smoke alarms are operating and they have a home fire safety plan.