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Hoito Morning After

Hoito Morning After

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Message from Mayor

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~   December 23, 2021 (LSNews)   Thunder Bay Fire Rescue, Platoon Chief is reporting  At approximately 19:00hrs on the evening of Dec. 22, 2021 Thunder Bay Fire Rescue responded to an early evening structural fire on the city’s north side at the Finlandia House on Bay St.  The initial alarm was quickly upgraded to a second alarm after crews arrived on site noticed thick smoke coming from the eaves of the third floor and roof. Fire crews responding from Station 3 confirmed a working fire after they entered the building and proceeded to the third floor to attempt an interior fire attack.

Despite aggressive efforts to stop the advancing fire, Fire fighters were eventually pushed out of the building as fire conditions inside the building worsened, thus putting fire fighters at risk. TBFR Incident Command made the decision at this point to change tactics, taking a defensive posture to continue the fire attack from the exterior of the building to prevent fire from spreading to nearby adjacent occupied structures.

There were no injuries to report at the time of the blaze. At this time, TBFR crews continue to battle the fire at the site and are expected to remain on scene throughout Thursday. At this time the fire’s cause is undetermined however an investigation is expected to be carried out as soon as fire crews can render the structure safe to do so.

A total of six pumpers, two aerial ladder and one command unit responded to the working fire.  There were no injuries to report for occupants or firefighters on the scene.

Fire damage is extensive to the third floor and roof area, as well as smoke and water damage thru out.

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Photo By:  Richard W Falshaw 

Statement from Mayor Bill Mauro on Finnish Labour Temple Fire

 Our hearts go out to the entire community following the devastating fire at the historical former Finnish Labour Temple and Hoito Restaurant building.

This beautiful, internationally recognized building was designated as a national historic site in 2015 and was originally built in 1909. It's one of Thunder Bay's most familiar and historic landmarks, and has been a community hub for well over 100 years. 

On behalf of City Council, I want to thank Thunder Bay Fire Rescue and all first responders involved for their quick response and tireless work through the night to control the fire.

There have been so many memories created at the Hoito and Finlandia Club, and this tragedy will be felt by the entire community, as well as Nationally and Internationally, for many years to come.

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City of Thunder Bay Fire Halls

According to the Fire Rescue these are their Fire Hall 

At present the Thunder Bay Fire Department has eight stations in use. Some of these date from the former Fire Departments of Fort William and Port Arthur.

  • Station1:  330 Vickers St. N
  • Station 2:  20 Junot Ave. N.
  • Station 3:  60 Water St. S
  • Station 4:  501 Churchill Drive W.
  • Station 5:  300 Hodder Ave.
  • Station 6:  1710 Frederica St. W.
  • Station 7:  2065   20th Side Road.
  • Station 8:  3000 Government Rd.



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