By John DeCoste
Kentville firefighters had a busy day Monday, March 12, responding to several alarms including a serious house fire near Billtown.
Early Monday morning, Kentville responded to assist paramedics with a medical emergency on Lovett Road in Coldbrook. Paramedics subsequently cancelled the call before firefighters arrived on scene.
Around 3 p.m., Kentville received an alarm for a house on fire on Lakewood Road at Keddy’s Corner.
On arrival, firefighters found the two-storey home heavily involved, and they were initially unable to enter the residence due to the heat and intensity of the fire.
Mutual aid was called in from departments from Aylesford to New Minas, including Canning and Hall’s Harbour, mostly in the form of tankers to ensure an adequate water supply.
Meanwhile, Greenwich firefighters responded to standby at the Kentville station in case of other emergencies.
Firefighters remained on scene for about six hours fighting the fire, which destroyed the home and left the family homeless. A family pet perished in the blaze.
The homeowners were away from the home at the time of the fire. Firefighters determined the cause was improperly discarded woodstove ashes.
Fire department officials remind homeowners never to store hot ashes inside or near any structure, and to always store them in a metal or other non-combustible container. The homeowners did have insurance.
Shortly after the onset of the Lakewood Road fire, a call was received to render assistance on Spittal Road in Coldbrook, where a teenage girl had been injured in a fall from a horse in a fairly remote location.
As Kentville firefighters were committed to the house fire, Canning firefighters were dispatched with their department’s specially equipped ATV to assist in removing the patient.
Around 6 p.m., with Kentville still busy with the house fire, a call came in for a fire alarm sounding in a residential building on Main Street.
Kentville firefighters responded with the assistance of the crew from Greenwich, which was on standby at the Kentville station. The alarm was investigated and found to be a non-event.
Monday around 9:15 p.m., Kentville was called back to Lakewood Road to deal with several hot spots, which were quickly extinguished.
Wednesday morning, March 14, Kentville responded to a fire alarm at the Agriculture Canada research station on Main Street.
While en route, firefighters received a second call from someone onsite who had pulled the fire alarm after they thought they smelled propane.
Firefighters investigated and found the odour to be sewer gas caused by maintenance work being done inside the building.
Early Thursday morning, March 15, firefighters responded to a 911 call to Prospect Road for a tree limb that had come down over power lines and caught fire. Firefighters responded but cleared shortly after as the limb had burned clear of the lines. Nova Scotia Power was called to check it out.
Canning firefighters responded to a car fire Monday evening at the intersection of Dill Branch Road and J. Jordan Road in Canning.
Wednesday, March 14, they responded to a medical assist call on Longspell Road in Kingsport, and later to a power pole on fire on Bains Road.
New Minas firefighters responded March 9 and March 14 to two-vehicle collisions on Commercial Street in New Minas. There were no serious injuries in either crash.
Wolfville firefighters responded Monday evening, March 12 to a grass fire on the Bluff Road in Avonport.
Waterville and District firefighters responded Saturday, March 10 to a minor chimney fire, and Wednesday, March 14, to an oven fire on Carolina Avenue in Cambridge. The fire was out by the time they arrived, and they assisted in expelling smoke from the house.