What should have been a beautiful summer’s day quickly ended in fear and panic, after a massive grass fire erupted Sunday afternoon.
According to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire Department, the rapidly progressing grass fire started around 4 pm in a hayfield that was being utilized for parking at the annual Lavender Festival.
From the videos shared on social media, the fire can be seen growing at a rapid rate with thick black plumes of smoke billowing in the air.
Photos shared online by the fire department show a number of vehicles destroyed by the fire, with charred sides and smashed windows.
Thankfully Niagara-on-the-Lake volunteer firefighters were quick to arrive on the scene and were able to put out the fire quickly.
While approximately 30 vehicles were damaged as a result of the fire, luckily there were no civilian injuries.
— NOTL Fire & Emergency Services (@NOTLfiredept) July 8, 2018
.@Town_of_NOTL Operations Department has been working through the night to ensure that run-off from yesterday’s fire is contained. We would like to thank @NiagRegPolice and @NiagaraEMS for their incredible support yesterday! Outstanding work by all involved! pic.twitter.com/5TyHTujCMD
— NOTL Fire & Emergency Services (@NOTLfiredept) July 9, 2018
— Adrian Lischer (@adrianlischer) July 8, 2018
— Adrian Lischer (@adrianlischer) July 9, 2018
— Denise van Es (@van_EsDenise) July 8, 2018
— Steve St.Jean (@TheHourisHere) July 8, 2018