‘We could have lost ev­ery­thing’

Fire­fight­ers bat­tle mid-morn­ing grass fire in Gar­lands Cross­ing as flames race to­wards homes

Valley Journal Advertiser - - EXTRAS - BY COLIN CHISHOLM HANTSJOURNAL. CA Colin. Chisholm@ hantsjournal. ca

A grass fire near the en­trance of Un­der­wood Road in Gar­lands Cross­ing had fire­fight­ers rush­ing to con­tain the blaze be­fore it could spread to nearby homes.

The Brook­lyn Fire Depart­ment was paged out to Un­der­wood Road at ap­prox­i­mately 11:25 a.m. April 12.

Thick grey smoke could be seen from Went­worth Road in Wind­sor mere mo­ments later.

Both the Wind­sor Fire Depart­ment and Hantsport Fire Depart­ment re­sponded with mu­tual aid.

The fire was knocked down around 12: 15 p. m. No­body was in­jured.

But for Cindy Porter, whose res­i­dence was in the di­rect path of the blaze, it was a ter­ri­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I was just fin­ish­ing with a client in my hair shop and I hap­pened to look at the win­dow and I just saw the flames, and I thought, ‘ oh, there seems to be a fire out in the field, I wonder if any­one is watch­ing it?’” Porter said. “Be­fore I knew it, it was just com­ing to­wards us.”

Porter acted fast, get­ting her client, hus­band and dog out of the house as the flames inched closer and closer.

“Watch­ing it com­ing closer and closer was just ter­ri­fy­ing,” she said, adding that she thought her house was go­ing to burn down.

She said it took a mat­ter of min­utes for the fire to spread from her neigh­bour’s prop­erty, across a small field, to her house.

“I was al­most in tears,” she said as fire trucks ma­neu­vered up and down the street.

Porter’s hus­band, Jeff Porter, said he in­spected the side of the build­ing af­ter the fire was out and he said he didn’t no­tice any ob­vi­ous dam­age or warp­ing of the sid­ing.

Jeff Porter thanked the fire depart­ments for their quick re­sponse.

“We could have lost ev­ery­thing, just like that,” Cindy Porter said, her voice break­ing. “It’s re­ally scary.”

Brook­lyn’s deputy fire chief Ja­son Cochrane said the cause of the fire is un­known at this time, but added that the in­cred­i­bly dry grass could have been ig­nited by any­thing from a cig­a­rette to a way­ward em­ber or spark.

“We needed quite a bit of equip­ment and per­son­nel on site, just to run the hose lines,” Cochrane said.

Cochrane said as the fire spread, it caught on to some de­bris, in­clud­ing wood, tires and derelict ve­hi­cles, which caused the thick, dark smoke.

No struc­tures were dam­aged, he said.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CINDY PORTER

Cindy Porter watched ner­vously as the flames from a brush fire grew closer to her home on Un­der­wood Road in Gar­lands Cross­ing April 12.

COLIN CHISHOLM

Cindy Porter, stand­ing next to her hus­band, Jeff Porter, said she was ter­ri­fied as the brush fire inched closer and closer to her home.

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