North River house dam­aged by fire

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A home in North River was ex­ten­sively dam­aged af­ter fire broke out in the dwelling dur­ing the early hours of Wed­nes­day, July 4.

Th e h ome is lo­cated on Ash­ford’s Lane, and the owner was away at the time.

In a unique co­in­ci­dence, the chief of the Bay de Grave re­gional fire de­part­ment, Jeremy Hall, was the first per­son to no­tice smoke bil­low­ing from the eves of the home.

Hall, an am­bu­lance at­ten­dant, also lives in the area, and was on his way to work at about 6:30 a.m. He no­ticed the smoke and called the brigade into ac­tion.

Deputy Chief Aubrey Bishop said there was no vis­i­ble fire when the first pumper truck ar­rived, but said heavy smoke was waft­ing from the eves.

Fire­fight­ers be­gan vent­ing the house to al­low the smoke to exit, and then en­tered the home wear­ing breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tuses. Bishop said f ire­fight­ers poured about 500 gal lons of wa­ter onto the fire, which orig­i­nated in the base­ment and made its way to the main floor, and into the at­tic.

“It was a quick and easy knock­down,” said Bishop. “But there was a lot of heat, smoke and fire dam­age.”

Bishop would not spec­u­late on what may have caused the fire, and noted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion would be car­ried out by other agen­cies.

The house looks rel­a­tively un­scathed from the out­side, but Bishop noted “I’m ex­pect­ing it to be a write-off.”

The owner of the home de­clined com­ment when ap­proached by The Com­pass.

It was the sec­ond emer­gency re­sponse for the brigade in as many days. On July 3, vol­un­teers with the brigade re­sponded to a twove­hi­cle crash in Clarke’s Beach that re­sulted in two peo­ple be­ing sent to hos­pi­tal.

The Bay de Grave re­gional fire de­part­ment serves the com­mu­ni­ties of North River, Clarke’s Beach, South River, Cupids and Makin­sons.

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