Film pro­gram launched on Fogo Is­land

Fire chief “dis­heart­ened”

The Pilot - - Front Page - BY JOR­DAN MALONEY ARTS AND CUL­TURE Jor­dan.maloney@ad­ver­tis­ernl.ca

This could lead to a full-blown film fes­ti­val.

LEWISPORTE, N.L – Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a blaze that Lewisporte Fire Res­cue claims was set de­lib­er­ately.

“The ve­hi­cles were in a train­ing site, where the gate on the road was locked,” said Lewisporte fire Chief Rob Fudge. “There’s no other way the ve­hi­cles were go­ing to catch fire.”

The fire oc­curred on the evening of May 15 at the out­door fire­fighter train­ing fa­cil­ity in Lewisporte. Fire­fight­ers re­sponded to the call around 9 p.m. to find one of their train­ing cars on fire.

They promptly ex­tin­guished the blaze. Sev­eral other ve­hi­cles on site were also van­dal­ized.

“We are deeply con­cerned that not only would some­one set a fire close to homes in windy and dry con­di­tions that could po­ten­tially be­come even worse, we are equally as con­cerned and dis­ap­pointed that some peo­ple would go to great lengths to dam­age or de­stroy prop­erty meant for train­ing our fire­fight­ers,” said fire­fighter and Lewisporte Coun. Stephen Hol­lett in a Face­book post.

Hol­lett, who ar­rived to help tame the fire, told the Pi­lot on May 18 that a wit­ness on scene claimed the blaze was set in­ten­tion­ally.

“The only thing I’m able to tell you is that we did get a call, and we are in the midst of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” said Sgt. Ray Jul­lien, com­man­der of the Lewisporte RCMP de­tach­ment.

Fire Chief Fudge said it was po­ten­tially a sit­u­a­tion

“We have ve­hi­cles in there, and we don’t know if there’s gas left in them or not,” he said.

The chief said the ve­hi­cles are nec­es­sary to en­able fire­fight­ers to prac­tice ex­trac­tion of peo­ple from ac­ci­dents. He noted even cut­ting glass dur­ing an ac­ci­dent has a proper very dan­ger­ous tech­nique.

“To go in there with all these ve­hi­cles com­pletely de­stroyed was dis­heart­en­ing, heart­break­ing you know,” he said.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing, and the Pi­lot will pro­vide up­dates as more in­for­ma­tion be­comes avail­able.

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The ve­hi­cle that, ac­cord­ing to fire of­fi­cials, was set ablaze on the night of May 15 in Lewisporte.

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One of many ve­hi­cles van­dal­ized at an out­door fire­fighter train­ing fa­cil­ity in Lewisporte.

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