Panic momentarily struck Burano Condos earlier today when a fire broke out on the rooftop of the historic section of the building near the pool area. What began as innocent puffs of smoke quickly ballooned into billowing opaque clouds of toxic smoke from the construction materials acting as ready fuel for the licking flames.
I saw the questionable amount of smoke early on before it seemed anyone noticed the problem from my perfectly placed home office window that looks north onto the full vantage view of Burano. I saw dark smoke popping through the white tarp that covered the pool area, and thought nothing too strongly of it until turning my head back moments later to see what appeared to be a small bonfire with the amount of smoke it produced.
The smoke grew in its intensity, height and magnitude until it became even obvious to the construction workers at the neighbouring Women’s College Hospital construction zone beside Burano. You could see them peaking their heads curiously over the railing of the building to see where the smoke was originating from.
Suddenly, from the interior of Burano came a construction worker to investigate the dark clouds. Once he saw what was happening, he gave a distinctive, “Oh, S*&!” with his body language, ran back inside and pulled out some other workers to help dampen the flames with fire extinguishers.
By that time however, there was a large enough fire ball that it was beyond the scope of what the workers could handle, and thankfully enough by this time, about 6 or 7 firetrucks pulled right up and properly dealt with the fire.
Moments later with black ash evident, traffic back to normal, and at least one construction worker in more trouble now than at the start of the day, regularity returned to Bay St., as if nothing had ever happened only 30 minutes ago.
Burano Condos have already seen some delays in occupancy dates for long-awaiting residents. It looks like that trend will continue as they work to replace and repair the damage. Most importantly of all, it was confirmed that no one was hurt or injured at all.