According to a CBC report, passengers were evacuated as firefighters tended to the blaze. One fireman was hurt, although he's expected to make a full recovery.
The ground crew managing the Sunwing plane was handled by Swissport, a cargo handling and aviation services company. The company claims it doesn't know what started the fire, but issued an apology and claims it's working with authorities to investigate the incident.
"Ensuring the safety of our staff, our partners and travellers is paramount to Swissport. We regret this incident and are cooperating fully with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's investigation," a company spokesperson told the CBC.
The harrowing blaze transpired in the midst of a calamitous travel week in North America as storm Grayson unleashed wintry fury along the eastern United States, causing delays and sparking lots very frustrated tweets from wayward travelers.