On Monday morning at approximately 1:50 am, a fire broke out in a three-story building structure located on Maitland Street; the building was located right next door to Lixar’s East Coast office.
When the Halifax Region Fire team from Station 3 arrived, the structure was engulfed in flames and on the brink of collapsing. The building was under construction and thankfully still vacant.
A rapid decision was made to adjust to “defensive mode” which literally means save the neighbouring buildings. The quick decision was relevant as Lixar’s office resides in a heritage building with timber beams that are over 200 years old.
In this video you can see the fire crew shift attention to the neighbouring buildings.
“The most important outcome: no one was hurt.” said Emmanuel Florakas, Lixar President.
The 3rd floor roof and windows did burn out. A hole was cut into the roof so that Lixar’s 3rd floor could be saved from flames. The left side of the building did incur impactful water damage. A few servers were lost along with other computer equipment.
Even with this loss, the office responded resoundingly well. Being a Mobile products and services company, Lixar is used to being adaptive, shifting and working remotely. Thanks to an incredible infrastructure team, the company was 100% connected and back at work by 9:30 am on December 7.
Is it work as “usual”? No, the team can’t sit at a boardroom table together … but they can connect through all the wonderful enablers that mobile technology brings along with other tools like Google Hangouts, Skype, messaging, and VPN networks.
Is the East Coast office going to let this unfortunate curveball dampen it’s spirits? No, productivity and having a positive outlook to work on innovative projects will continue. The team will connect and celebrate the things that are most important like each other and the joy of the holiday season.
Lixar is very thankful for the Halifax Regional Fire Crew’s response and level of expertise, especially from Station 3.
“A sincere ‘thank you’ goes to all the fire teams! The outcome could have been so much worse than it was given the building’s age, it truly was a wonder that the building didn’t catch fire itself.” said Bill Syrros, Lixar CEO.
Thank you to everyone who has sent notes of support. Lixar is fortunate to be a part of such a great Halifax community.[center]
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