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Massive fire destroys farm equipment dealership, forces evacuation in P.E.I.

August 29, 2016   by The Canadian Press

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SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – Fire officials are trying to determine the cause of a massive fire that destroyed a farm equipment dealership in Prince Edward Island.

The CEO of Green Diamond Equipment estimated that the fire caused “millions of dollars” in damages. Photo: @yygpilot.

Workers had to be evacuated from Green Diamond Equipment in Summerside late Saturday morning as flames and smoke billowed from the building and ammunition inside detonated.

Tina Sears, the company’s CEO, says the fire caused millions of dollars in damages.

She says they lost the whole building, a shop, vehicles and customers’ equipment, but luckily no one was hurt.

Jim Peters, Chief of the Summerside fire department, says the fire spread quickly because of poor water supply and strong winds.

He says it took fire crews three hours to finally extinguish the flames.