House de­stroyed by fire in North East Point

Tri-County Vanguard - - SPORTS/NEWS - BY KATHY JOHN­SON THECOASTGUARD.CA

Fire­fight­ers had to deal with some­thing that was a dev­as­tat­ing first for them this past week – two struc­ture fires in 12 hours.

A home in North East Point, Cape Sable Is­land was de­stroyed by fire in a mid-day blaze on Nov. 22, just hours af­ter fire­fight­ers left the scene of a fa­tal res­i­den­tial fire in Clark’s Har­bour.

Vol­un­teer fire­men from the Is­land Bar­ring­ton Pas­sage Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment, the Woods Har­bour Shag Har­bour Fire De­part­ment and the Bar­ring­ton Port LaTour Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment re­sponded to the blaze. RCMP were also on the scene.

The fire call came in just be­fore noon. Is­land Bar­ring­ton Pas­sage Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment Chief Dwayne Hunt said the fire was rolling out the front win­dows and the porch of the house, and flames were shoot­ing 20 feet up in the air when they ar­rived on the scene.

“We had to bring in a back­hoe to tear things apart to fully ex­tin­guish it,” he said.

Fire­fight­ers were on scene for about four hours. Hunt said the cause of the fire is be­ing clas­si­fied as un­de­ter­mined as there was far too much dam­age to es­tab­lish a de­fin­i­tive cause. The house was in­sured.

TWO HOUSE FIRES IN 12 HOURS

“To have two struc­ture fires in a 12-hour pe­riod is some­thing that has never hap­pened in the 36 years I’ve been in the fire ser­vice,” said Hunt. “All the fire­fight­ers worked tire­lessly in bru­tal con­di­tions at both fires. It was a phys­i­cally and men­tally ex­haust­ing day for all the fire­fight­ers.”

The call for the first fire in Clark’s Har­bour came in just be­fore mid­night. It claimed the life of 60-year-old Leigh Robert Good­win. Fire­fight­ers were called back to that scene about 8 a.m. the next morn­ing. Hunt said a crit­i­cal in­ci­dent stress de­brief­ing for the fire­fight­ers who at­tended the scene of the Clark’s Har­bour fire was held on Sun­day.

KATHY JOHN­SON

A home in North East Point was de­stroyed by a Nov. 22 fire.

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