Three house fires in last week

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

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.

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