A Coldstream business is reeling after a crippling fire early Thursday.
Firefighters responded to the blaze in a workshop in the 7700 block of Giles Drive just before 1 a.m.
“When we first got there, it was going really hot,” said Luke Lecavalier, Coldstream’s deputy fire chief.
“There was lots of nasty smoke because of plastic burning.”
The workshop housed Gold Leaf Imprinters, which produces promotional items, and Ironhorse Enterprises, which makes golf bags for motorcycles.
Because of the nature of the business, some challenges arose for firefighters who came from the Lavington and Coldstream halls.
“There was acetylene present and that posed a danger and there was a car on a hoist and a motor bike burning,” said Lecavalier.
The primary goal was to ensure the fire didn’t spread.
“It was a nasty one,” said Dave Sturgeon, Coldstream fire chief.
“The big thing was the fuel load inside. There were tons and tons of things in there.”
The blaze was brought under control within an hour but with the assistance of a District of Coldstream backhoe, it took about another four hours to douse the hot spots.
Officials were on scene Thursday trying to determine how the fire started.
“The cause will probably have to go down as undetermined because electrical has been ruled out,” said Dean Wakefield, investigator.
The owner of the businesses could not be reached for comment at deadline.