Fire at St. Thomas insulation plant deemed accidental

St. Thomas firefighters on scene of a fire at Therm-O-Comfort Co. Ltd. located at 75 South Edgeware Road. June 21, 2022. Photo via St. Thomas Fire Department on Facebook.

Off duty firefighters had to be called in to help battle a fire Tuesday night at an insulation manufacturing plant in St. Thomas.

The fire broke out at Thermocomfort at 75 South Edgeware Road around 6:45 p.m. When St. Thomas fire crews arrived thick smoke had filled the plant.

Extinguishing the blaze proved tricky as the fire was deep in the insulation materials, Chief Fire Prevention Officer Kim Destun said.

Firefighters had to separate and wet down the cellulose insulation to ensure no hot spots would flare back up.

Due to the extreme heat and humidity, off duty firefighters were called in to allow for rotation of teams to prevent heat exhaustion. The Salvation Army canteen truck was also brought in to keep firefighters hydrated.

No one was inside the facility at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

“The cause of the fire was found to be accidental in nature,” said Destun.

Damage is estimated at $50,000.