Bay Roberts bri­gade saves du­plex from fire

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A quick re­sponse by the Bay Roberts fire bri­gade helped save an at­tached res­i­den­tial build­ing in the town on Satur­day, Nov. 13.

The bri­gade was called to a fire in a du­plex on Cable Av­enue at about noon, and the kitchen in one of the homes was “go­ing pretty good” when fire­fight­ers ar­rived, said Chief Clarence Rus­sell.

Rus­sell said the fire got in­side the walls, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for fire­fight­ers to knock down the blaze.

Rus­sell said the build­ing is “close to 100 years-old.” Re­spon­ders had to knock out some walls and cut a hole in the roof, Rus­sell ex­plained.

He said one side of the build­ing sus­tained “quite a bit of dam­age,” while the sec­ond unit had smoke and wa­ter dam­age.

None of the oc­cu­pants home at the time, he added.

Rus­sell said it ap­pears it was a chim­ney fire. He said the owner had a fire in the wood stove the day be­fore the emer­gency, and it smol­dered in­side the wall for many hours.

Fire­fight­ers spent more than three hours at the scene, Rus­sell said, and the build­ing would un­doubt­edly have been de­stroyed if not for their ef­forts.

“ They did an ex­cel­lent job,” Rus­sell said of his mem­bers.

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This photo from a fire in Bay Roberts ear­lier this month shows the ex­tent of the dam­age.

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