Videos: Fire At Bermuda Mechanical Company

November 17, 2012

[Updated] There is a fire at Bermuda Mechanical Company on Marsh Lane in Devonshire this afternoon [Nov 17] .As of 1.30pm there appears to be at least three fire trucks on the scene, and at least a dozen firefighters.

Smoke can be seen pouring over the Middle Road Devonshire area. Details are limited at this time, however we will update as able.

Live video stream from the scene turned off at 4.15pm, replay available below:

Update 1.51pm: The fire is still blazing, and firefighters continue to soak the building with water.

Update 2.02pm: Unofficial reports indicate that no one been injured. More firefighters have arrived on scene, with it understood crews have come from the fire stations at the end of the island. We are being told it is expected to take some time to bring the fire fully under control.

Update 2.22pm: The surrounding area has been blocked off by the police. There are now at least five fire trucks and three police cars on scene.

Update 2.37pm: The police said the smoke may be toxic. Their full statement follows below.

Police and Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service personnel responded to a fire at Bermuda Mechanical Supply Company Ltd. on Marsh Lane in Devonshire this afternoon.

Details are limited at this time; however area residents are being advised to stay inside and close their windows at this time and members of the public are encouraged to stay clear of the premises as smoke from the fire may be toxic.

We will update with additional information as it becomes available.

Update 2.46pm: Firefighters are setting up a line to pull water from a nearby warehouse water tank

Update 3.28pm: The smoke has reduced quite considerably, and fire officials appear to be inspecting the inside of the building from the doorway. An area in front of the building is flooded with water.

Update 3.50pm: The Bermuda Fire Service said that 30 personnel battled the blaze, which was brought under control at 3.30pm leaving one third of the building completely destroyed. The full official statement follows below.

This afternoon at 12.59pm a 911 call was received reporting a structural fire at #10 Marsh Lane known as the Bermuda Mechanical Building.

Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service responded with 4 fire appliances, 4 support vehicles and 30 personnel. The first fire appliance arrived on scene at 1 07pm to find a 2 story commercial warehouse completely involved in smoke and flames. Initially 2 firefighters in breathing apparatus proceeded to force entry into the building and fight the fire.

Once more resources arrived on scene the fire was successfully brought under control with 6 firefighters in breathing apparatus and the use of an additional water source.

At 3.30pm the fire was successfully bought under control and only hot spots were being attended to. One third of the building was completely destroyed, and it appears that two thirds remain unaffected by the fire.

Thankfully no one was in the building at the time and no injuries were reported. A complete and thorough investigation will be conducted to determine the cause.

Update 3.35pm: Someone from BELCO has arrived on the scene, and a video statement from Police Inspector Andy Morgan is below

Update 4.15pm: The live video feed has been turned off, and a replay is available above. A full photo gallery and summary report has been posted here.

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  1. SoFar Bye says:

    There goes another job gone up in smoke.

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  2. Family Man says:

    This has the looks of a few more jobs gone by Christmas.

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  3. The Ridiculist says:

    That was from the man burning trash this morning. Smh like who still does that?...

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  4. JONO says:

    Again, Bernews, you're the best....factual, current, etc..

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  5. vexxed says:

    The health departent should have closed that place a long time ago. It was a fire hazzard anyway.

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    • Da plumber says:

      The condition of the shop was bad but the plumbing supplies were awesome sad sad day in the plumbing world RIP BDA Mechanical

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      • Opressed says:

        Best plumbing supply store on the Island, bar none. A great social club too!
        My sympathies to Mr. & Mrs. King, they worked very hard to make this place what it was.

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  6. Will says:

    'The smoke may be toxic'- last i checked carbon dioxide and monoxide are quite toxic

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  7. Chum says:

    Must be Midgetts in the place...

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  8. Kim Smith says:

    At 10:15 this morning I drove past Ornamental Ironworks and there was smoke coming out from an incinerator in their front yard... the smoke smelled strong. Wonder if there is a connection to this fire... seems coincidental?

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  9. Lulu says:

    And you think that because???? What a ridiculous suggestion to make--the buildings are a long way from each other, and there is no wind today. I saw someone burning trash in Smith's this morning. Think it's related??? For pity's sake woman, think before you type.

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  10. Christa says:

    Again - great coverage, and always thanks for keeping us living abroad up to date on Bermuda! Love Bernews!

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  11. Stop Complaining for 1 sec says:

    Man those OBA indians really trying to smoke out their neighbors. Didnt Minister Desilva already make peace when he cleaned up the surrounding land.

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  12. Tony says:

    Great coverage.

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  13. 80's Role Model says:

    Bermuda Greed...Ya'll ain't fooling nobody!

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  14. e jacobs says:

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    Good information this is one of the ways which I keep up with Bermuda's goings on :-)

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