Education Matters – OFM report on issues surrounding the tragic fire in Listowel that claimed the lives of two Firefighters.
The investigation into the tragic fire in Listowel that claimed the lives of two firefighters is ongoing. However, the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) is releasing some information on the cause, origin and circumstances of this devastating fire.
On March 17th, contractors were repairing the roof of the building which led to the ignition of the interior combustible components of the roof structure.
Responding crews indicated that since there was an absence of significant smoke or flame in the building, they entered to confirm no one was inside and to investigate the source of the reported fire. While inside the building, a sudden collapse of the roof structure resulted in the deaths of two firefighters.
The investigation has determined that the building’s roof was constructed with lightweight engineered wood trusses. The OFM wants to ensure the fire service is aware of the hazards associated with fighting a fire in a building with this type of construction. Under fire conditions, lightweight engineered wood and metal trusses are known to collapse very quickly and with little warning.