Fire trucks respond on bad roads during storm

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier
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By Karla Kelly and Jonathan Riley THE DIGBY COURIER

Snow blocked roads during the snowstorm made it difficult for at least three fire departments to respond to three different chimney fires in Digby County.

Little Brook Fire Department was unable to respond to a chimney fire on Hwy 1 in Saulnierville Wednesday evening due to road conditions caused by the blizzard.

Fire chief Michael LeBlanc said they received the call at 8:25 p.m. and although there were five firefighters at the hall it was not possible for them to take the fire trucks out.

“The road from our hall into Little Brook was too bad and even though DOT said they were sending a plow it would take half an hour for them to get there so we asked Dispatch to call Meteghan to respond,” said LeBlanc.

Weymouth Fire Department got out of the hall okay but were hesitant to head down Kinney Road in Ashmore.

They were called out to a chimney fire Wednesday afternoon.

They asked for a DOT plow too but one of the firefighters was able to bring his own plow sooner and so he opened the road for the fire trucks.

Digby Fire Department was called out at 4 a.m. Thursday to a chimney fire on the Bloomfield Road. They too asked for help from DOT but, rather than wait, they plowed ahead with a firetruck.

A DOT plow was only a few minutes behind them and opened the way for following fire trucks.

All three chimney fires were extinguished with little damage.

Organizations: Weymouth Fire Department, Digby Fire Department

Geographic location: Digby County, Little Brook, Kinney Road Ashmore Bloomfield Road

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