Some residents passed a huge fire on their way to work last Thursday morning and saw what remained of the Weathertech Restoration Services buildings on Shaw Road just south of Gore Road when they returned from work. The devastating blaze caused $4.5 million in damage, but fortunately no one was injured. The Thames Centre Fire Department returned a number of times, including on Monday to tend to the flare-ups.
Fire Chief Randy Kalan said both the Dorchester and Thorndale stations responded and the Belmont Fire Department came out with a water tank.
“The community should be very proud of the department that serves them.” He said there was a clear demonstration of the commitment of the volunteer fire department that day and that they went above and beyond the call of duty in the professional manner with which they handled their duties.
“I’m proud of them for all the effort and time and energy they put forth.”
The cause of the fire to the 45,000 square foot buildings was undetermined according to Kalan. No foul play and nothing of a suspicious nature were found.
The call came in at about 2:10 Thursday morning. A perimeter intrusion alarm alerted police to trouble at the businesses. They contacted the fire department when they realized what had set off the alarm. Some members of the fire department remained on site for 18 hours.
When firefighters arrived on the scene the roof was breached and part of it had collapsed.
Because of the extensive damage and potential danger when they arrived, they could only contain the massive blaze and stop it from spreading to the office portion of the building. Although they couldn’t save the structure itself, which Kalan said can be frustrating, they were able to save invoices and important records from going up in flames.
The family business began in 1966 as London Caulking and Installations Limited. They continue to serve the construction industry for caulking, waterproofing, firestopping, special coatings and numerous weatherproofing and preservation procedures.
A statement on the Weathertech website reads: “While we have suffered significant damage, we have relocated and there will be no disruption to business operations. Job sites are running as usual and customers will continue to be serviced. We would like to thank the hard work of the Thames Centre and neighbouring fire departments and the many volunteer firefighters along with the OPP.”
Kalan says it was a job well done and gives kudos to everyone on the scene.
“We did make a difference.”