Noone injured in this morning’s incident.
Dozens of workers at a Nanaimo textile company were sent running into the streets this morning, when a fire broke in a steaming machine.
This was the scene at 10:45 this morning at Alsco on Cliff Street in the downtown core.
The company processes linens and uniforms from across the Island.
Workers noticed it getting hotter inside the building and then smoke pouring from a massive steaming tunnel.
Nanaimo Fire Rescue responded and hit it from several angles, as smoke poured through the building.
Nettie Clement says it was confusing when the fire alarm first went off.
“We actually didn’t know what was going on we just heard a lot of yelling and screaming and the girls had pulled the alarm, and we had a false alarm not too long ago just a few weeks back.
So we didn’t know how extreme it was and everyone seemed to be a little more frantic than last time.”
Nanaimo Fire Chief Craig Richardson says it was fortunate no-one was seriously injured.
“All of the people are out of the building.
The business owner has confirmed that.
One of the staff did attempt to fight the fire with a fire extinguisher and either breathed in some smoke or some of the powder from the fore extinguisher, and has since checked out to be okay with the BC