Busy Satur­day evening for Stanstead fire­fight­ers

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

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.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

This house in Og­den was com­pletely de­stroyed by a fire Satur­day evening which is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

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