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Fire at building under construction on Larry Uteck in Halifax has been extinguished | CBC News

A fire has been extinguished in a 12-story building under construction along the 300 block of Larry Uteck Boulevard in Halifax.

Crews were called to the scene on Friday morning when heavy smoke was seen across Halifax.

“Upon arrival, the crews made their way to the roof to confirm this [the structure] had a fire on the roof with the building materials, “said Brad Connors, district manager for Halifax Regional Fire’s operations department.

“You were just about to roof over the structure [of the fire.]”

Brad Connors, district manager for Halifax Regional Fire’s operations division, said that when the crews arrived Friday morning, about 70 percent of the roof was on fire. (Paul Palmeter / CBC)

Witnesses said the fire was largely isolated on the roof and also burned the nearby crane.

“I went to my balcony and there it was, like literally black smoke,” said Pam Valkenier, who lives in a neighboring apartment building.

“The whole roof was on fire – unbelievable – and flames rose up.”

Connors said roofing materials like insulation and tar were burning and causing the smoke.

Halifax Regional Fire announced that the fire broke out on the roof of a building on Larry Uteck Boulevard. (Pauline Murray)

He said about 70 percent of the roof was on fire when the crews arrived.

Construction workers and crane operators were able to safely evacuate the building before the emergency services arrived. Nobody was injured.

Larry Uteck Boulevard from the intersection of Starboard Drive to Southgate Drive was closed on Friday morning due to the fire. The area is now open again.

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