Morning fire guts Three Mile Plains home

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A small house in Three Mile Plains was deemed uninhabitable after an early morning fire Thursday, Jan. 30.

The Windsor Fire Department rushed to the scene of a structure fire on the Three Mile Plains Cross Road shortly before 5 a.m.

Chief Scott Burgess says a neighbour called to report a sighting of “flames venting out the roof” of the single story dwelling.

The single occupant of the house was not home when firefighters arrived on scene.

Burgess says the flames were contained with 10 minutes, and the attic fire was fully extinguished in about 45 minutes. However, the roof of the home collapsed as a result of the damage.

The house is considered a total loss, but no one was injured.

About 20 firefighters, including some members of the Hantsport Fire Department, responded to the fire in spite of the bitter cold weather.

“Your firefighters, once they get wet they start freezing up,” said Burgess, noting that the bunker gear becomes stiff and breathing equipment can freeze in sub zero temperatures.

“We try to contend with all that and keep our people in the vehicles when they’re not in use to keep them warm.”

The cause of the house fire remains under investigation.

Windsor’s firefighters returned home from helping the Brooklyn Fire Department with a garage fire about four hours before the house fire on the Three Mile Plains Cross Road was reported. 

Organizations: Windsor Fire Department, Hantsport Fire Department, Brooklyn Fire Department

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  • petra hanes
    January 31, 2014 - 08:12

    my thoughts and prays go out to the family that lost everything yesterday.