Fire de­stroys build­ing

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

The owner of a trav­el­ling mid­way is giv­ing full credit to the fire­fight­ers who spent more than 18 hours bat­tling a fire that de­stroyed a build­ing at its base in Dalkeith Fri­day.

Bruce Brock, owner of Carter Shows Ltd., says that the structure was largely empty and that all his com­pany lost was some spare equip­ment.

“Most of our stuff is on the road,” he said. “We got lucky that it didn’t hap­pen in the win­ter­time when we use that build­ing to store our equip­ment.”

Mr. Brock says that he’s happy no one got hurt and that the North Glen­garry Fire De­part­ment did an amazing job sav­ing the “big­ger build­ing” – mean­ing the larger structure that was con­nected to the smaller structure that caught fire.

Ac­cord­ing to North Glen­garry Fire Chief Pa­trick Gau­thier, the de­part­ment re­ceived the call at 5:38 p.m.

“On ar­rival there was heavy smoke and flames com­ing from a large structure with many at­tached struc­tures,” he said, adding that it was a dif­fi­cult fight due to the build­ing’s con­struc­tion type, the in­tense heat and that por­tions of the build­ings were col­laps­ing.

The fire was de­clared “un­der con­trol” shortly be­fore 9 p.m., though fire­fight­ers con­tin­ued to work on hot spots all night. The next day, at 1:39 p.m., the de­part­ment de­clared the flames had been ex­tin­guished.

The cause of the fire at 21891 Lag­gan-Glenelg Road, the for­mer Ken MacLen­nan sawmill site, re­mains un­de­ter­mined and is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

All three of North Glen­garry’s fire sta­tions – Alexan­dria, Maxville, Ap­ple Hill – re­sponded to the call. They were as­sisted by neigh­bour­ing fire de­part­ments from Van­kleek Hill, East Hawkes­bury, South Glen­garry and North Stor­mont.

“In all, ap­prox­i­mately 22 fire ve­hi­cles and 65 fire­fight­ers either fought the fire, trans­ported wa­ter or cov­ered North Glen­garry sta­tions dur­ing this in­ci­dent,” the chief said.

“North Glen­garry is thank­ful for the help. We are lucky to be sur­rounded by peo­ple so will­ing to help.”

MAR­GARET CALDBICK PHOTO

HUGE RE­SPONSE: Em­ploy­ing 22 ve­hices, four neigh­bour­ing fire de­part­ments helped the North Glen­garry brigades when flames con­sumed this build­ing in Dalkeith.

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