130-year-old home razed by ‘dev­as­tat­ing fire’

The Glengarry News - - News - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

A re­cent fire de­stroyed part of a South Glen­garry farm­ing homestead that dates back 130 years.

The blaze, at the Carry On Farms prop­erty on Coun­try Road 19 out­side of Wil­liamstown owned by Tony and Cyndy Vo­gel, razed a farm house built in 1888.

The cou­ple’s son, Jamie Vo­gel, and his girl­friend, oc­cu­pants of the home, were in Ot­tawa where Mr. Vo­gel was un­der­go­ing surgery when the fire broke out be­fore 8:30 a.m. last Mon­day (Jan­uary 29).

“There was no­body in the house at the time, and their pets (a dog and a cat), luck­ily, were let out of the house in the morn­ing when they left for Ot­tawa,” said Anne Donkers, Jamie Vo­gel’s aunt.

“The house was com­pletely de­stroyed. Not even the chim­ney was stand­ing.”


Mrs. Donkers said she had “no idea” as to the mon­e­tary value of the dam­ages to the home on the prop­erty that her par­ents pur­chased al­most 50 years ago.

“It was a big, six-bed­room farm­house. It was fully fur­nished and there were some fam­ily heir­looms and stuff (be­long­ing to her par­ents) that were still in there,” she ex­plained.

“Ev­ery­body’s still try­ing to wrap their head around what hap­pened. My brother (Tony) is dev- as­tated, too. He’s a big his­tory buff, and that farm means a lot to him.”

About 30 mem­bers from four of South Glen­garry’s five sta­tions – along with four tanker trucks and two pumpers – were dis­patched to the scene of the fire which was still smol­der­ing sev­eral hours after their ar­rival.

And while fire­fight­ers were un­able to save the cen­tury-plus-old struc­ture, they were able to pre­vent the fire from spread­ing to the ad­ja­cent home also owned by Tony and Cyndy Vo­gel.

The fire also caused the tem­po­rary clo­sure of County Road 19 near Kraft Road.

Its cause was still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion as of press time.

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