Crews this morning are working to make sure a fire on Chisholm Avenue in Halifax is completely extinguished.
The fire began just after 5:00 p.m. yesterday and the large blaze destroyed a structure at the site.
"It was what we call a defensive fire. We had deemed early into it that no one was going inside," says Halifax District Fire Chief Kevin Dean.
Dean says there were five crews on site at the peak of the fire, and three remained at of about 9:00 a.m. this morning.
Work still ongoing to knock down a fire on Chisholm Ave. No visible flames this morning, but fire crews have been working through the night to keep the blaze under control.@NEWS957 pic.twitter.com/JHIobW2uZx— Matthew Moore (@MatthewMooreHFX) November 10, 2019
"There's very little smoke at this point in time. We just want to make sure that we have everything extinguished before we leave," he explains.
The fire chief says that there's also an excavator on site removing pieces of the wall and ceiling so crews can further extinguish hot spots.
Dean says that residents should stay away from the area as crews are keeping Chisholm Ave. blocked off this morning.
"There's a lot of water that was used and it was fairly cold last night, so there are some slippery places and we wouldn't want anyone to fall and get hurt," he adds.
The chief says an investigator will be coming in to try to determine the cause of the fire.