Fire destroyed a hangar at Stoney Creek Airport near Hamilton on Friday but it’s not clear if any aircraft were involved. The fire began in an oil furnace in the wood and metal structure and efforts by workers inside the building to fight the fire weren’t successful. They fled as the fire grew and spread to as many as 18 vehicles inside. Multiple explosions ensued and at least six vehicles parked outside were also destroyed.
A total of 18 fire trucks fought the fire but were hampered by the absence of fire hydrants. They had to shuttle water to use against the stubborn blaze. It took hours to bring the fire under control. The airport is owned by Heli-Lynx helicopters and has a 2850-foot paved and lighted runway with a 1500-foot grass strip for summer operations. It has a cluster of hangars and outbuildings at one end of the 106-acre site.