Firefighters investigate report of smoke at Gerrish Street residence

Carole Morris-Underhill
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Members of the Windsor Fire Department were called out to investigate a possible basement fire shortly after 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, Feb. 8.

A portion of Gerrish Street near the pizzeria was blocked off as about a dozen firefighters arrived to assess the situation.

Windsor's Deputy Fire Chief Jamie Juteau said the homeowner reported he could smell smoke in the basement.

“There was a little bit of a smell but nothing major,” said Juteau following the fire call.

“When the crews got here we ran through the building with thermal imaging cameras,” he said, adding that they checked the furnace, and tested the home for carbon monoxide levels.

As a result of their investigation, Juteau said they were putting the homeowners in touch with a furnace technician.

Juteau said several trucks were dispatched as a precaution due to the age of the homes in downtown Windsor and their close proximity to one another.

“A basement fire in an old house is a very serious thing. It's a serious thing in any place but these old buildings, the fire can come up the walls and into the attic (quite quickly),” said Juteau. “So we will roll in heavy on it at first just to make sure that we have the equipment to deal with it if there is anything to it.”

Juteau says it's better to be safe than sorry and encourages people to contact 911 immediately if they have an emergency.

“Don't wait around. If you're not sure, call 911. Let someone land here and check it out.”


Organizations: Windsor Fire Department

Geographic location: Gerrish Street, Windsor, Hants County Nova Scotia

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