A not-so-great start to camp­ing sea­son

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHANTELLE MACISAAC chantelle.macisaac@gulfnews.ca

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.

CHANTELLE MACISAAC/THE GULF NEWS

This cabin be­long­ing to Dar­ren Pike was de­stroyed by fire on April 17.

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