False ceil­ings made knock down chal­leng­ing: deputy chief

Night­time fire dam­ages main of­fice at Ryan’s Ridge Camp­ground and RV Park in South Raw­don


Vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers spent much of the evening Oct. 18 bat­tling a stub­born house fire in South Raw­don.

Brook­lyn’s deputy fire chief Ge­orge Pi­neo said the 2.5-storey home, which also served as the main of­fice and gen­eral store for Ryan’s Ridge Camp­ground and RV Park, was badly dam­aged.

“Smoke was pretty heavy com­ing out of it when I ar­rived,” said Pi­neo.

Fire­fight­ers were called to the former Boutilier’s Glen Camp­ground lo­ca­tion at 9:04 p.m. Mu­tual aid was re­quested, with Hantsport, Raw­don and Wind­sor fire de­part­ments lend­ing as­sis­tance. About 30 fire­fight­ers were in­volved with the knock down.

“The bulk of the fire was con­cen­trated on the liv­ing room end, the left side of the house. It was quite a stub­born fire due to the con­struc­tion method — the bal­loon-frame con­struc­tion,” said Pi­neo in a phone in­ter­view.

He noted there were “a cou­ple false ceil­ings” that made get­ting the fire un­der con­trol much more dif­fi­cult.

“There was about a foot of air space in-be­tween the old plas­ter ceil­ing and the new ceil­ing they made, so fire was able to run pretty much freely across that space,” he said.

Pi­neo sug­gested any­one who is con­sid­er­ing mak­ing ren­o­va­tions to an older home should take the pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sure of re­mov­ing old ceil­ings and walls.

“Tear out the old and that way, (if there is a fire) you’re not fight­ing with two and three lay­ers of ma­te­rial — that slows down and hin­ders the process of putting a fire out.”

No one was in­jured dur­ing the fire and the call wrapped up in the wee morn­ing hours of Oct. 19.

“The own­ers of the camp­ground were stay­ing in a trailer be­hind it and they were do­ing work to the build­ing,” said Pi­neo, not­ing that the work was pri­mar­ily cos­metic, like paint­ing.

Pi­neo said the in­sur­ance com­pany will have to de­cide if the home is sal­vage­able — the first floor was ex­ten­sively dam­aged while the up­stairs largely sus­tained smoke and wa­ter dam­age.

“Mostly, nowa­days, they have a ten­dency to just tear it down and re­place it.”


Fire­fight­ers bat­tled a stub­born night­time blaze at Ryan’s Ridge Camp­ground and RV Park in South Raw­don Oct. 18.

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