Three house fires in last week
Stanstead firefighters were called to this house fire in Beebe, on Monday, by a passing driver. The house was a total writeoff.
The Stanstead Fire Department received a call around 4:00 pm, on Monday, to respond to a fire on Principale Street, in Beebe. The homeowner and all of his pets were out at the time. “We determined the location of the origin of the fire but the exact cause is still not known. The investigator removed some components to be examined,” explained Stanstead Fire Chief Chris Goodsell.
“The house was a total write-off, which is somewhat rare for us, but the owner of the home was not there at the time and nobody noticed the fire right away. It was called in by someone driving by and when we arrived it was fully involved,” he added. The Stanstead Fire Department called the Red Cross who met with the homeowner on Monday evening.
There were two major house fires elsewhere in the region last week, both taking place in the early hours of February 26th. Just after midnight, the Canton Stanstead fire service was called to Magoon Point Road, in Georgeville, where a log home was burning. The advanced state of the fire, a burning propane tank beside the structure and the extreme cold prevented the firefighters from saving the building. No-one was inside the home at the time.
A few hours later that morning, a 911 call was made regarding a fire in a home in the Domaine Les Hauts du Lac Massawippi, in Ayer’s Cliff. Thirty-five firemen responded to that fire, from both the Regie intermunicipale de protection contre les incendies and the Stanstead department which was called for back-up. Everyone was evacuated safely from the building.
“We received a request for mutual aid at around 5:00 in the morning. At first they asked for ten men and two trucks, but they soon called back and asked for everything we could send,” said Mr. Goodsell.
“It’s been a busy past two months. We had more calls in January and February than we usually get,” added the Fire Chief.