Fires stress­ful on neigh­bours too


Har­bour Grace’s Jil­lian Pynn-White felt her heart beat speed up the mo­ment she started smelling smoke ear­lier this month.

Whisps of grey were form­ing around the front door as she was in the kitchen mak­ing a bowl of pop­corn. Her lights started flickering and she thought it was just a de­fec­tive bulb that needed to be re­placed.

While on the phone with her sis­ter, Pynn-White was in­formed fire­fight­ers were on their way.

“I went to the door and they were ask­ing if there was any­one in there,” she said. “They re­sponded so quickly. They don’t get enough credit for the work that they do as vol­un­teers.”

At that point, the com­bi­na­tion of smoke and the sight of Har­bour Grace vol­un­teer fire fight­ers set Pynn-White into a panic as she woke her hus­band from his slum­ber

“I started yank­ing the blan­kets and the dogs started go­ing mad,” noted Pynn-White, seated on a ch­ester­field in the cou­ple’s liv­ing room. “I got him up, grabbed the dogs and went out through the door. Then, we re­al­ized it was next door.”

Step­ping onto the front porch, she no­ticed an in­tense fire rag­ing feet from her home. There were flames jut­ting out over the roof. Smoke bil­lowed through bro­ken win­dows as fire­fight­ers tack­led the blaze.

There was no one home at the time of the fire on June 5.

A fire is an un­for­tu­nate event for any­one who is in­volved. Not only are home own­ers sent spi­ral­ing into a night­mare, their neigh­bours are faced with the un­cer­tainty of the fire spread­ing.

This is es­pe­cially true when houses are in close prox­im­ity to each other. Any slight shift in the wind or a er­rant ember hits the home in the right way.

That’s why fire­fight­ers will of­ten douse the neigh­bour­ing homes with wa­ter in an ef­fort to pre­vent fire from dam­ag­ing a sec­ond or third home.

“I was at ease, but then I wasn’t at ease,” said Pynn-White. “You still don’t know, any­thing could hap­pen.”

“I got him up, grabbed the dogs and went out through the door. Then, we re­al­ized it was next door.” Jil­lian Pynn-White


While a fire burned in­side this home on Queen’s Road in Har­bour Grace, Jil­lian Pynn-White feared it would spread to her neigh­bour­ing home a few feet away.

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