LINKLETTER – For a brief time Thursday plumes of black smoke billowed into skyline over Summerside.
A trailer being used to spray sprout inhibitor chemicals into a Linkletter Farms Ltd. warehouse on Glenn Drive in Linkletter caught fire shortly after noon.
Prince County RCMP temporarily cut off access to the road out of concern for public safety.
Heavy black and white smoke billowed from the wreck for several minutes as firefighters extinguished the fire.
There turned out to be no immediate danger to the public, but firefighters were extra cautious in responding to this case; besides the spray itself there was also gasoline and propane on the trailer, said Summerside Fire Chief Jim Peters.
“We had some concern for the fighter fighters because of the contents of the trailer but we were able to get around that. We took some precautions and made sure everyone was in breathing apparatus that was near the scene. We were prepared,” said Peters.
This was a relatively unusual call and everyone who responded did an excellent job, he added.
“They did well. We had to move fast to keep (the fire) from spreading to the tanks. But it went well.”
Peters also said that the cause of the fire has been narrowed down to a heater on the specially designed trailer. It’s used to convert the sprout inhibitor, Sprout Nip, into a gas so it can be used to fumigate stored potatoes.
The trailer itself was owned by Quality Fumigation Inc. of Grand Falls, New Brunswick. The crew was working in one of the Linkletter Farms Ltd. potato warehouses.
Linkletter employees working in the office across the street from the fire noticed the smoke and called 911.
The fumigation crew apparently tried to extinguish the fire with an extinguisher but were unable to contain the flames, however, they did manage to disconnect the hose that had been running between the trailer and the warehouse – Peters said this likely helped stop the fire from spreading to the warehouse.