Reddi Mart will be closed indefinitely following a small fire early this morning.

Reddi Mart closed indefinitely following small fire

The fire had the potential to be much worse if not for the observations of a passing cyclist.

A fire at Reddi Mart early this morning had the potential to be much worse. Nevertheless, the convenience store and its attached laundromat will be closed indefinitely following a small fire caused by a combusted rag.

The incident originated inside a hamper on the laundromat side of the building. Fire Chief Dave Balding ruled out the possibility of the fire being caused by electrical means, although the full details of the fire remain under investigation.

Golden Fire and Rescue received the emergency call around 1:30 a.m. from a passing cyclist who noticed smoke billowing inside the building.

The department responded with two trucks and 12 crew members. The rags were quickly removed from the building and brought outside to the parking area in front of the store. The higher oxygen level outdoors caused the rags to burst into flames, but that was quickly extinguished by the crew.

Balding says it is hard to speculate what the damage might have looked like if it hadn’t been for the cyclist’s call, but did say it could have been much worse if left undetected.

“I think we should recognize the vigilance of that passer-by and kudos for raising the alarm,” Balding said, adding that while there is no requirement for businesses like Reddi Mart to have a smoke alarm, there are always benefits to having them in circumstances such as these.

Reddi Mart manager Riki Routley commended the department for its quick action.

“It’s incredible how quickly they were here,” she said.

While damage to the structure was ultimately minimal, the store and the laundromat will be closed indefinitely for clean up.


Just Posted

CSRD hosting open house regarding landfill

There will be an open house February 1 at the Golden and District Recreation Centre hosted by CSRD.

Wayne Stetski and Forest Products Association of Canada CEO visit Golden

MP Wayne Stetski and Forest Products Association of Canada CEO Derek Nighbor toured LP Mill.

New massage clinic in Golden

A new massage clinic opened in Golden to help ease those aches and pains.

Hockey commentator gets his start

Lukas Pfisterer is just 12-years-old, but already making his mark as a commentator.

New Glade ferry enters testing phase

The Glade II will be able to carry heavier loads and will emit less greenhouse gases.

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

RCMP nail sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Ice-cream-eating bear draws controversy

An Alberta Wildlife Park posted a video this week of one of their bears going through a Dairy Queen drive-through

Fernie, RCMP go to court over city log books in fatal ammonia leak probe

Log books center stage in clashing of investigations between the city and RCMP

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

High-end whisky seized in B.C. bar raids

Raids end in seizures at Victoria, Nanaimo and Vancouver whisky joints

Train derails in Northwest B.C.

CN reports no injuries or dangerous goods involved after coal train derailment.

Most Read