A not-so-great start to camping season
About 24 firefighters on the southwest coast attended the scene of a cabin fire in St. Andrews on April 17.
Codroy Valley fire chief Brian Osmond said the call came in around 2:30 p.m. and after some confusion over the location, firefighters arrived to find smoke billowing out of the eaves.
“After checking with the owner that all persons were safe, we started putting water on the cabin,” said Osmond. “We had a small issue where in one place there was a double roof.”
Both the Port aux Basques and Cape Ray departments were called to aid in the fire relief, needing use of its portable pumps. Osmond said they ran four or five lines of water, and were able to cut a hole in the roof. A local resident also provided help by knocking down some of the walls with a tractor.
Port aux Basques RCMP were called to the scene, but in conversation with Osmond, said an officer would not be left on site.
This indicated to Osmond the fire was not deemed suspicious.
Osmond said he was told owner Darren Pike had just turned on the power to the cabin and left to visit relatives when the cabin caught on fire.
Pike was unable to be reached by print deadline.
This cabin belonging to Darren Pike was destroyed by fire on April 17.