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