Doing some work around the garden, I noticed a large amount of black smoke in the sky last night:
Since it didn’t appear all that far away I got my cameras and bike and took off, just following the smoke.
^On Lakeport Road. Smoke coming from the left, heading to the West end.
^Scott Street backed up, straight ahead pitch black.
^At times visibility was near zero around Grantham Plaza.
^Closer to the fire. Oh, the van wasn’t driving in the bike lane or anything. Emergency vehicle was coming so he pulled over.
^Grantham plaza was closed off. People were still walking/cycling through mind you.
^I picked a bad location to be. Other then smoke you couldn’t see much. I was choking on smoke where I was, so I didn’t really want to head closer.
^This guy was talking to different people, going on about “The Muslims” and how it’s all there fault.
Naturally, my attention soon turned to bicycle watching. I’ve always found this area to be one of St. Catharines’ busiest bicycle areas, but throw in a fire and it increased. Unfortunately I didn’t get as many pictures of people on bikes as I’d have liked.
^ I didn’t actually notice until I got home, but the city needs to clean the Vine Street bike lane. Brutal.
Here’s an article on the fire (LINK)
The fire was at a new condo being built (Walker’s Creek). $2million worth in damages, I guess they’ll have to start over.
A person on Twitter said that a worker in a next door business saw a kid or kids coming from the area just minutes earlier. Not sure if that’s the case, but it has been classified as suspicious.
Also someone from the fire department said this was the thickest smoke he’s seen since the early 90’s here.