Written by Globe and Mail
Aug. 18, 2008, Toronto - The city of Toronto has taken over the cleanup of the neighbourhood contaminated by the massive explosions at Sunrise Propane after the Ontario Ministry of the Environment received no assurances that the company would act quickly enough, according to deputy mayor Shelley Carroll. | READ MORE
Written by Fire Fighting in Canada
Aug. 18, 2008, Niagara Falls - A fire at a chemical plant on Pettit Road forced the evacuation of more than 500 residents from the surrounding area Friday night. | READ MORE
Written by The Canadian Press
 Photo by John Riddell
Pallbearers and colleagues of fallen Toronto Fire District Chief Bob Leek attend the full department honours funeral held Friday afternoon in Toronto. Leek was found without vital signs at the scene of the spectacular Sunrise Propane explosion a few days previous while working the scene in a supporting role.

Aug. 16, 2008, Toronto - It wasn't the way Bob Leek died - rushing to the scene of a massive propane explosion - that made him a hero, the fallen firefighter's grieving brother said Friday.
Written by Canada.com
Aug. 15, 2008, Toronto - Firefighters and other emergency personnel from across North America were gathering in Toronto Friday morning for the funeral of a fire chief who died at the scene of a series of explosions at a propane storage facility over the weekend. As Canada.com reports, representatives of all levels of government as well as public safety professionals such as police, emergency service personnel, soldiers and customs officers, were expected to attend the funeral for Bob Leek, 55, district chief of emergency planning with the Toronto Fire Services. READ MORE


Written by Halifax Chronicle Herald
Aug. 14, 2008, Halifax - An investigator has ruled out foul play in the fire that levelled the Covey Island Boatworks. As the Halifax Chronicle Herald reports, Tuesday’s blaze in Petite Riviere destroyed the boatyard and the Maggie B, a $3.5-million cruising schooner that had just undergone a refit after completing a voyage around the world. READ MORE
Written by Calgary Hearld
Aug. 14, 2008, Calgary - Fourteen months ago, a comprehensive study on the city's secondary suites urged council to stop "turning a blind eye to existing (illegal) suites," advising they "acknowledge the elephant in the room. As the Calgary Herald reports, there's no legal framework from which to inspect the suits or ensure they meet basic health and safety standards. READ MORE
Written by Halifax Chronicle Herald
Aug. 13, 2008, Petite Riviere, N.S. - An American who circled the globe in a schooner named after his children’s favourite book lost the precious vessel Tuesday in the fire that levelled the Covey Island Boatworks. As the Halifax Chronicle Herald reports, over the past two years, Frank Blair sailed "from Lunenburg to Lunenburg around Cape Horn" in the Maggie B, his $3.5-million yacht. When the voyage ended in May, he took the schooner, built of wood and epoxy, back to the builders in Petite Riviere for a refit that was largely cosmetic. READ MORE


Written by Ryan LeBlanc
Photo courtesy Ryan LeBlanc
District Chief Bob Leek, centre, is remembered by former student Ryan LeBlanc as a mentor who always had time for his students, his friends and his colleagues.

Aug. 10, 2008, Toronto -The Toronto Fire Services district chief who died Sunday while surveying damage from a massive propane explosion, was a warm and giving man who always found time to help young recruits. Ryan LeBlanc, a former student of Chief Leek’s and a longtime friend, shares his memories of his mentor.

Written by Ontario government
Aug. 11, 2008, Las Vegas, NV - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty released the following statement regarding the death of Toronto Firefighter, Bob Leek: "I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Toronto firefighter Bob Leek, who passed away in the line of duty earlier today on the scene of an explosion and fire in north Toronto.
Written by Canada News Wire
Aug. 10, 2008, Toronto - It is with sadness that the City of Toronto confirms the passing of a 25 year veteran fire fighter of the Toronto Fire Services. District Chief Bob Leek was found vital signs absent today while assisting with emergency operations during the explosion and fire at the Sunrise Propane facility at 54 Murray Road.
Written by The Canadian Press
 Photo by John Riddell
Toronto firefighters battled a six-alarm blaze early Sunday 
 morning at a propane facility.


Aug. 10, 2008, Toronto - Vivid orange balls of fire lit up the early morning sky Sunday as a series of massive explosions at a north Toronto propane facility set off a chaotic scene with terrified residents running from homes damaged by fire and shattered glass.
Written by Montreal Gazette
Aug. 8, 2008, Montreal - A bleu-blanc-rouge tombstone still sits in a makeshift garden patch on the driveway into Fire Station 23 in St. Henri. The Canadiens' CH logo is front and centre, surrounded by an inscription: "Je me souviens - Rétrogradation du Capitaine Vincent - 25 Avril 2008." (I remember - Captain Vincent's demotion - April 25, 2008). As the Montreal Gazette reports, that's the date captain Marcel Vincent found out his passion for the Habs was going to cost him two grades in rank and about $12,000 in salary. READ MORE
Written by Corner Brook Western Star
Aug. 6, 2008, Corner Brook, N.L. - Ivan Downton says the recent rains and cooler temperatures have helped push the forest fire indexes in the province toward “low.” As the Corner Brook Western Star reports, the provincial forest fire duty officer said as of Tuesday there were two fires burning in Labrador, but there’s little smoke, and with rain expected to continue they weren’t expected to grow. READ MORE
Written by Kingston Whig Standard

Augt. 5, 2008, Kingston, Ont. - One man is dead after a cottage fire in North Frontenac, Ont., over the weekend. The victim hasn't been identified, said North Frontenac Fire Chief Steve Riddell, but he was with family at the summer retreat on Kashwakamak Lake southeast of Ardoch at the time of the fire. The Kingston Whig Standard reports. READ MORE

Written by Windsor Star

Aug, 3, 2008, Windsor, Ont. - Being directly across the street from a fire hall was not enough to save two Tecumseh homes.But on Friday, the deputy chief of the town's volunteer fire department was defending its response to the blaze. As the Windsor Star reports, Doug Pitre, who lives across the street from the site of the fire, got there before firefighters arrived but said it was already too late. READ MORE

Written by Pembroke Daily Observer

July 30, 2008, Pembroke, Ont. - In the wake of the tragic deaths of a father and two children in an Essex, Ont., mobile home, local fire departments say smoke alarms will save lives no matter the type of dwelling. As the Pembroke Daily Observer reports, the Pembroke Fire Department has been stopping every home entering the trailer park and checking for working smoke detectors before visitors register in the park. READ MORE

Written by American LaFrance
July 28, 2008, New York - Patriarch Partners is pleased to announce that, effective July 24, 2008, American LaFrance, LLC, the 175 year old manufacturer of fire, rescue and vocational vehicles, emerged successfully from its Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Written by The Canadian Press

July 28, 2008, Hay River, N.W.T. - Firefighters are pulling more tools out of their arsenal to keep a forest fire away from Sandy Lake, N.W.T.

Written by The Canadian Press
July 28, 2008, Toronto - Three teenagers accused of looting apartments in a Toronto building that was evacuated after an explosion last week will appear in court today.
Written by Vancouver Province

July 23, 2008, Vancouver - Firefighting authorities say Edgewood is safe from the wildfire burning less than two kilometres way, but they're not taking any chances."We are taking all precautions necessary should this situation change," fire information officer Adam Brayford said yesterday. As the Vancouver Province reports, the blaze has grown to about 160 hectares since it was started by an abandoned campfire on July 17. READ MORE

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