Busy week for fire­fight­ers

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

It’s been a busy time for North Glen­garry’s Fire Depart­ment.

In ad­di­tion to the dev­as­tat­ing barn fire that killed about 30 an­i­mals near Dalkeith early Fri­day morn­ing, the depart­ment has re­sponded to a num­ber of lesser in­ci­dents re­cently.

On April 22, fire­fight­ers were sum­moned to a struc­ture fire at 20521 County Road 10 just east of Alexan­dria. Fire Chief Pat Gau­thier says a man had been work­ing in a garage/work­shop when sparks hit some­thing com­bustible. Soon, the flames had spread into the at­tic and in­su­la­tion.

Nine trucks from all three of North Glen­garry’s sta­tions re­sponded to the blaze.

“Those kinds of fires are dif­fi­cult to ex­tin­guish,” says Chief Gau­thier. “Once you put out the fire, you have to look through the in­su­la­tion to find more hot em­bers.”

He says the dam­age was es­ti­mated at $100,000.

Fire­fight­ers from sta­tion 1 re­turned to the site on Tues­day to re­move some more in­su­la­tion.

On Tues­day, April 30, fire­fight­ers re­sponded to a grass fire on Con­ces­sion 6 near Maxville. Chief Gau­thier says there was no dam­age to prop­erty but the fire burned about 1.5 acres of dead grass and brush. The ig­ni­tion source is un­de­ter­mined.

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