Late this afternoon the Wawa Volunteer Fire Department was called to a fire at the old Agawa Bay Gas Station. When MyWawa arrived at the scene, the MNR helicopter was just unloading a fire attack crew, and the Batchawana Fire Department drove in only minutes later.
Several Wawaites stopped and called 911 for assistance. The first photograph was taken at 5:20 just after calling the fire in. The former gas station is 50 kilometres south of Wawa, and 170 kilometres north of Sault Ste. Marie. A small white building had caught fire with the flames a good 30+ feet high and spreading to the bush and hill behind.
Fortunately a bridge maintenance crew stopped when they saw the blaze and began to help keep the blaze from spreading. They had been washing the bridges, and were using the water that they had left in their truck to fight the fire. In yet another stroke of luck, the wind was blowing inland, not towards the highway and the Agawa Bay Campground.
When firefighters arrived on scene, most of the blaze was out. Most of their efforts were concentrated on extinguishing hot spots. The construction crew left the scene and no one seems to know who they were. Staff for Lake Superior Provincial Park (summer residents at the Agawa Bay staff house) helped out as well.
Water was sourced from two pumper trucks dispatched to the scene as well as a hose line which had been laid by the MNR to take water from Speckled Trout Creek, just east of the building.
Traffic control was conducted by Superior East OPP. During this time, an officer did ask a vehicle to pull over and was observed arresting a man and then placing him in the back of the cruiser. During a short search of the vehicle, a small bottle of alcohol was removed and emptied. The officer then left for Wawa with the man in custody. The vehicle was later towed by Mission Motors.
The firefighters took several hours to thoroughly soak and ensure that there were no hot spots remaining to flare up.