Busy Saturday evening for Stanstead firefighters
Stanstead firefighters were busy Saturday, respaonding to two big fires one after another. “We got the call around 5:45 pm and the first firefighter got to the station within two minutes,” said Fire Chief Chris Goodsell. As the firefighters prepared to go to the scene they could see the smoke from the fire hall – never a good sign. Twenty-two firefighters responded to the two storey house fire which was “fully involved” when they arrived. “We called for a tanker truck from Stanstead Township, the station in Fitch Bay, to come up the back way so we could have two tankers on one side and one on the other,” commented Mr. Goodsell about the fire that completely destroyed the building. They also pumped water from a dry hydrant to fight the flames.
When the firefighters arrived on the scene, only one of the home’s occupants was found outside. “When we arrived our first priority was to find the second occupant, who we found three or four minutes later outside the home. After that we were able to concentrate fully on putting out the fire,” said the Fire Chief. The fire was called in to the station by a passer-by and the Surete du Quebec is investigating the fire.
After fighting the Ogden fire for almost five hours, another call came in a little after 10:00 pm while some of the firefighters were watching the Border-Fest fireworks in the distance from the station as the equipment was being cleaned. Stanstead firefighters headed back out to the Villeneuve Road where a white Volkswagen car that had been left at the entrance to the gravel pit was on fire. The fire was extinguished and the Sureté du Quebec, who arrived right after the firefighters, towed the vehicle away for investigation.
This house in Ogden was completely destroyed by a fire Saturday evening which is being investigated.