Marys­town home de­stroyed by fire

Crews bat­tle fire for three hours

The Southern Gazette - - MUNICIPAL -

A fam­ily of four was left home­less af­ter a fire de­stroyed their home on Tolt Road in Marys­town over the long week­end.

Fire­fight­ers were dis­patched shortly af­ter 6 p.m. when a neigh­bour saw fire com­ing from the home and alerted 911.

Fire Chief Alex Coady said the call came in at 5:50 p.m., and the de­part­ment re­sponded with En­gine 3 and Res­cue 4. A lad­der truck and En­gine 2 were brought in later.

Due to the dis­tance of the home from a wa­ter sup­ply, two pumper trucks were re­quired, “one to fight the fire, and one to sup­ply wa­ter be­cause of the dis­tance from the fire hy­drant,” said Coady.

One per­son was in the home when the fire broke out, as well as the fam­ily’s two dogs and a cat. All made it safely out of the home.

When fire­fight­ers ar­rived on the scene, the back step of the res­i­dence and the back area of the porch were en­gulfed in flame.

“The fire was al­ready in the at­tic space, be­cause smoke was com­ing from all around the eaves at that time,” said Coady.

Crews en­tered the res­i­dence to bat­tle the fire from in­side the home, but were pulled back for safety rea­sons, he said.

“Be­cause of the amount of fire in the roof, we were con­cerned for the fire­fighter’s safety so we didn’t stay in - we came out and took up a de­fen­sive po­si­tion.”

Crews bat­tled the fire for more than three hours be­fore ex­tin­guish­ing the flames, but were later called back to the struc­ture be­cause of a flare up.

“There was a small fire start­ing in the roof sec­tion that had col­lapsed into the house,” said Coady. “That could have been some­thing that was hid­den, just hot em­bers … and with the wind con­di­tions it got a bit of air and reignited.”

Coady said he would like to thank town res­i­dents for their help, as well as those who dropped of cof­fee and Ga­torade to the fire­fight­ers.

De­tails about cause of the fire are not known.

BY COLIN FAR­RELL

COLIN FAR­RELL/ THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE A home on Marys­town’s south side was de­stroyed by fire Sun­day evening.

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