Flames de­stroy home

Two fire de­part­ments re­spond to af­ter­noon blaze in St. Ni­cholas

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - HOT ONLINE - BY BRAD WORKS

A res­i­dence in St. Ni­cholas was de­stroyed Thurs­day in an af­ter­noon fire.

No one was home when the two-storey farm-style house on Honore-S-Gallant Road caught fire just be­fore 2 p.m.

Welling­ton fire­fight­ers had knocked down the flames and were still dous­ing the wreak­age at 4:30 p.m.

Flames shoot­ing from the roof and win­dows could be seen from nearby Route 11 and drew the at­ten­tion of a num­ber of nearby res­i­dents who ar­rived to in­ves­ti­gate the black smoke ris­ing over the trees. A passerby who stopped to take a pho­to­graph even be­fore fire­fight­ers ar­rived said the heat from the fire was so in­tense it forced him to back away from the burn­ing home.

Jason Wood­bury, chief of the neigh­bour­ing Mis­couche Fire Depart­ment - which pro­vided fire­fight­ing and wa­ter as­sis­tance at the scene – said no one was in­jured in fight­ing the blaze and the prop­erty’s owner was not home at the time of the fire.

“The res­i­dence was fully in­volved when we ar­rived,” said Wood­bury from the scene late Thurs­day af­ter­noon. “It’s still smol­der­ing and we’re con­tin­u­ing to put wa­ter on it.”

RCMP and pro­vin­cial trans­porta­tion of­fi­cials had closed the small dirt road just off Route 11, about 15 kilo­me­tres west of Summerside.

Wa­ter tankers from the two fire de­part­ments shut­tled wa­ter to the scene from a nearby brook fur­ther up Route 11.

Wood­bury said the de­struc­tion was con­fined to the home as no ad­ja­cent build­ings were dam­aged in the blaze.

The chief of the Welling­ton Fire Depart­ment was busy at the scene and un­avail­able for com­ment.

BRAD WORKS/TC MEDIA

Fire­fight­ers from the Welling­ton Fire Depart­ment were called to a house fire at about 2 p.m. Thurs­day on the Honore-S-Gallant Road in St. Ni­cholas. The Mis­couche Fire Depart­ment pro­vided as­sis­tance at the scene. Is­land EMO and the RCMP were also called to as­sist.

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