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NT Air Hangar Destroyed by Fire

December 19th, 2009 ~ 12 Comments

NT Air Fire at Prince George AirportPRINCE GEORGE, BC – At approximately 2:30 pm this afternoon, the Prince George Fire Department along with Prince George Airport Authority Fire Crews, RCMP and BC Ambulance, responded to reports of a fire in the NT Air Hangar at the Prince George Airport.

“Upon arriving they found the building fully engulfed” said Todd Doherty from the Prince George Airport Authority.

Reports from the scene indicate that the fire started in the northeast corner of the World War II era building in an area occupied by offices. Sources say that all the aircraft were removed from the hanger before the fire spread from the front offices into the hanger area.

By approximately 4:15 pm the building was completely involved in fire and part of the roof had collapsed.

“Fire crews are still on site, the building is entirely lost” said Doherty.

The building is the main office for NT Air and its 70 employees which operate 11 aircraft from three bases around BC. The building is also occupied by Airconsol Aviation Service, BC Air Ambulance and several other organizations including the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association.

There are no reports of any injuries.

NT Air Fire at Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport Fire - FlightSource Staff Photo

NT Air Fire at Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport Fire - FlightSource Staff Photo

NT Air Fire at Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport Fire - FlightSource Staff Photo

NT Air Fire at Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport Fire - Photo Courtesy Dale Evasin

NT Air Fire at Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport Fire - Photo Courtesy Dale Evasin

NT Air Fire at Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport Fire - Photo Courtesy Dale Evasin

NT Air Fire at Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport Fire - Photo Courtesy Dale Evasin

NT Air Fire at Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport Fire - Photo Courtesy Dale Evasin

NT Air Fire at Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport Fire - Photo Courtesy Dale Evasin

NT Air Fire at Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport Fire - Photo Courtesy Dale Evasin

NT Air Fire at Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport Fire - Photo Courtesy Dale Evasin

NT Air Fire at Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport Fire - Photo Courtesy Dale Evasin

NT Air Fire at Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport Fire - Photo Courtesy Dale Evasin

NT Air Fire at Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport Fire - Photo Courtesy Dale Evasin

NT Air Fire at Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport Fire - Photo Courtesy Dale Evasin

NT Air Fire at Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport Fire - Photo Courtesy Dale Evasin

NT Air Fire at Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport Fire - Photo Courtesy Dale Evasin

NT Air Fire at Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport Fire - Photo Courtesy Dale Evasin

NT Air Fire at Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport Fire - Photo Courtesy Dale Evasin

NT Air Fire at Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport Fire - Photo Courtesy Dale Evasin

NT Air Fire at Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport Fire - Photo Courtesy Aaron Bryant

NT Air Fire at Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport Fire - Photo Courtesy Aaron Bryant

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12 responses so far

  • 1 Massey F. Jones ~ Dec 20, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    As an ex-airforce photographer who has snapped his share of tragedies, I find these photos absolutely superb and very professional.

    Congratulations are in order to Ursin and Aaron and a special congratulatory note for exceptional “as it happens” and night shots to Dale.

    Well done fellows!!

  • 2 Dale Evasin ~ Dec 20, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Thank you. Would have taken more photos but was a tad busy getting planes and equipment out.

  • 3 chris switzer ~ Dec 22, 2009 at 8:10 am

    i lived in pr geo from 1952 to 59
    and remember the old hanger well.
    i remember when the 1st dehavalind
    beaver was demoded in front of this building in 1957 and i used to fly dc3
    s to van from there.

  • 4 jen legge ~ Dec 22, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    My dad is a pilot for NT Air and has been for as long as I can remember, the loss of this hanger is quite sad, he has shared many good times there, not only for work but also with my 2 boys, his grandsons, showing them how to build planes and of course how to fly them.

  • 5 Roy Shields ~ Dec 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    My Father, Charlie Shields, and Johnny Nielsen started Norther Mountain Airlines back in the late sixties. It was then amalgamed with Thunderbird Airlines and henceforth called NT Air. What a shame to see the loss of this building. I spent alot of my younger learning how to fly out of that building and then flying various aircraft. In the late seventies Dan and Johnny sold it all out. I don’t know who the existing owners are….Regards, Roy Shields

  • 6 bob ~ Dec 22, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    can anyone tell me when the pg firefighters will get off their high horse and start using the available resources around them isnt the pineview fire dept only five min away they could of been their until the full time dept could get their then join forces in tough times we should be working together to help save jobs that could be devestated by such an event

  • 7 not bob ~ Dec 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Bob
    Why is it that all the volunteers want to come running into the city, every time theres a big fire?
    You weren’t there, stop playing armchair quarterback.
    Accept what you are, and live with it.
    If not apply for and get the job like we’ve all done.

  • 8 not not bob ~ Dec 24, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Don’t knock volunteers, the committment needed is very high and they are community oriented as apposed to soley for monetary gain and employement purposes. Volunteers are usually gainfully employee in other fields and need to make arrangement with their employers to leave if called. Therefore those employers are also community oriented.

  • 9 firefighter ~ Dec 24, 2009 at 9:27 am

    bob, not bob, etc

    Grow up! This is not the venue for such petty crap. Join your own websites and bitch about each other. Unlike the fire services around here the aviation community does work well together and is trying hard to deal with this without engaging in juvenille politics! You should all try it, the citizens who pay for your services would appreciate it.

  • 10 brotherhood member ~ Dec 29, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    being a full time firefihgter I’ve had to work with volunteer fire dept’s they are some of our most under rated resources out there. Its a brotherhood, we should learn from this fire to make sure it never happens again…..

  • 11 MrBurns ~ Dec 31, 2009 at 7:20 am

    First off I have to say the photo’s are excellent quality and the photographer took some great shots. I do find it sad to see arguments going on about what department should have handled the fire call. As an ARFF fire fighters for 26 years and knowing the state of our airport departments and the restrictions placed on them, things may have not been so devistating if there had been more then just a couple of ARFF on duty. Airport authorities and the lack of Government back bone have deminished fire departments at airports down to minimal standards so when something such as this hanger fire occurs we have no choice but to sit back and watch it burn. Our mandate is to protect the aircraft flying in and out of Canadian airports but most National airports only have minimal staff on duty to handle any emergencies. If this had been an passenger aircraft burning the result im afraid would have been the same put the white stuff on the red stuff from the outside and hope that the people inside are able to get out on thier own accord, and wait for the mutual aid to arrive to help extracate the bodies. In this case no one was injured which we can all thank a higher power for, and I am not talking about the Government or Airport Authorities.

  • 12 Dan ~ Jan 21, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    It is sad to see that happened to the community. And it is sad also to realize that there is such internal disagreement between fire fighters department… l think it would have been logical for the airport fire fighters to start fight that fire, even, if it is not their duties!!! It is only a mather of being logical, practical and helpfull. And from what l have read so far, it seems that there is a man missing from that fire… so, one fatality… Is it because, one life is not enough, to justify to do a little more of what our contract ask us to do??? l hope not!!!
    In life, we have sometimes difficult choices to make… is everyone sure, they have take their best decisions that day???
    l sincerely hope so….
    Regards.


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