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