Worker saw 'river of fire' below him during blaze in Halifax

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Firefighters extinguished a fire that sent heavy black smoke billowing through Halifax's north end on Tuesday morning.

Fire crews were called to a building under construction at Massachusetts Avenue and Columbus Street at about 9:10 a.m.

Jeff Gooch, a worker at the site, said some roofing primer fell off a crane while it was being hoisted up, and some propane below "instantly caught on fire with the primer."

Gooch was on a lift when the fire broke out below him.

"We have a lot of flammable stuff here on site and it just lit up everything," Gooch said. "There was a river of fire flowing right underneath us. It was something I never saw before."

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No one was injured in the fire, which was under control within about half an hour.

A fire investigator has been called in.