Wind­sor pub rav­aged by fire

Spit­fire Arms sus­tained sig­nif­i­cant dam­age

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON / PROVINCE -

A pop­u­lar pub in down­town Wind­sor will not be open for busi­ness any­time soon fol­low­ing an early morn­ing fire Tues­day.

RCMP were mak­ing a rou­tine pa­trol shortly af­ter 2 a.m. and no­ticed smoke com­ing from the Spit­fire Arms Pub on Wa­ter Street. They re­ported the fire.

“We were very lucky that the RCMP hap­pened to be com­ing down here at that time,” said Wind­sor Deputy Fire Chief Jamie Juteau.

“Had they not made a pa­trol … odds are we would have had a to­tally dif­fer­ent story here.”

The Spit­fire Arms Pub sus­tained sig­nif­i­cant smoke and fire dam­age, with the first floor re­ceiv­ing the most, the deputy chief said.

The Wind­sor Fire Depart­ment re­ceived the call at 2:13 a.m., and upon ar­rival, could see “heavy, heavy smoke com­ing from the win­dows of the sec­ond floor” as well as from the front of the build­ing and through the roof.

“The crews went through the front doors, at­tacked the fire in the kitchen, knocked it down, then they had to work their way up­stairs. By then it was in the ceil­ing, go­ing up into the sec­ond floor,” he said.

Juteau said the big­gest chal­lenge the fire­fight­ers faced was the elab­o­rate ceil­ing in the pub as it made dous­ing hot spots a labour-in­ten­sive task.

“They had to spend a lot of time over­haul­ing it be­cause the ceil­ing in that par­tic­u­lar bar is quite elab­o­rate. It’s not like a dry­wall ceil­ing where you can just pull it down,” said Juteau.

He said Wind­sor called in Wolfville’s plat­form truck im­me­di­ately to help them pro­vide “ex­po­sure pro­tec­tion.”

Juteau said Wolfville’s plat­form truck and Wind­sor’s snorkel aerial truck were staged in a man­ner so as to pro­tect the neigh­bour­ing build­ings from sus­tain­ing se­ri­ous dam­age should they not be able to easily con­tain the fire.

Due to the smoke that was present upon their ar­rival, Juteau said the neigh­bour­ing busi­nesses likely re­ceived some smoke dam­age.

Wind­sor fire­fight­ers re­ceived mu­tual aid from sev­eral de­part­ments, in­clud­ing Brook­lyn, Hantsport, Wolfville, New Minas and Green­wich.

They wrapped up the call in about five hours.

The fire mar­shal’s of­fice has been asked to in­ves­ti­gate the blaze, which is be­lieved to have started in the kitchen.

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