Fireballs over St. Boniface: The next day.


For me to say that the last day of my life has been uneventful would be an extreme understatement.  Last night’s fire and subsequent explosions less than a block from our house has left our nerves just a tad on edge.

As it turns out my post last night was a very foolhardy thing to do, little did I know that thousands of liters of racing fuel were going to explode into a spectacular fireball that rose an estimated half mile into the evening sky.

Explosion over St Boniface, little more than a block from our house.
(Photo: CJOB News)

Our whole subdivision was evacuated as a precaution.  We had only scant minutes to throw a few things into a bag and hit the road.  Darlene, Dom, and I piled into our vehicles and headed for safety.

The remains of Speedway International’s fuel depot.
(Photo Winnipeg Free Press/Ken Gigliotti)

Dar and I chose to spend the night in a hotel away from the fire scene, and had a restless sleep at best.  At first light the news came on the television and we assessed the damage.  Thankfully our neighborhood had not burned to the ground, and our belonging were safe.  Most importantly though the three of us remained unharmed if a little weary from the night’s activity.

I would like to thank those of you who have sent well wishes and prayers our way, it is appreciated.


6 responses to “Fireballs over St. Boniface: The next day.

  1. So relieved to hear y’all are ok!

    • Thanks Emily.
      It really is amazing that I can receive a welcome hug from Japan in the span of seconds. We are all OK and in good if somewhat weary spirits.

  2. Wow. Just wow. So glad your home and neighborhood was not lost Bob. I am sure you have already thought of what could have happened had it been worse. Pretty scary when you think about it.

    So thankful you and your family is safe.

    • We have thought about it let me tell you, yesterday the winds were pretty calm around suppertime, today they were coming in howling gusting to 80-90 kph. Had that explosion happened today I am not so confident of the outcome.

      Thanks for the good words Red, I am already looking forward to your Christmas care package!! SMILE.

      Huggs right back at cha’

  3. Goodness gracious, great balls o’ fire! Damn. Glad you guys are safe. Hope you’re not breathing poisonous air.

    • Thanks for the good thoughts SG. For all of the smoke at the blaze the other day the wind was light and in our favor blowing the smoke straight up and out of town to the east.