Updated: 6 p.m. Aug. 8
The charred remnants of an Upper Burlington home were all that remained following a mid-morning fire Aug. 8.
Brooklyn Fire Chief Mark Dearman said when he arrived on scene, the home was fully involved, with flames coming out both ends of the building, as well as through the roof.
“There was a lot of heat involved. I tried to take a walk around the house to see what hazards we had and (I) couldn't walk around the house; the heat was so unbearable on the backside,” said Dearman.
“It was very hot. I could feel it when I drove by in the truck, I could feel it coming through the windows at me.”
Brooklyn, Summerville and Windsor fire departments battled the blaze, while Mt. Uniacke firefighters stood at the ready in Brooklyn in case of another emergency call. Dearman said there were eight units on scene, plus one at the fill site.
“Basically, we tried to hit it with the deck gun when we first got here to knock the bulk of the fire down and then we had to switch to hose lines,” said Dearman.
The firefighters had the fire under control around noon.
Dearman said they were cognizant to keep the firefighters well-hydrated due to the heat of the fire, the heavy turnout gear, and the sunny, 27 C summer day.
“It's taxing for the firefighters,” noted Dearman.
The owner of the single storey family home, located at 2342 Highway 215 in Upper Burlington, had house insurance, Dearman said.
According to a press release issued by the Red Cross, the woman who owned the home has been offered assistance and will be staying with relatives while awaiting an assessment from insurance adjusters.
No one was home at the time of the fire, however, Dearman said they believed some family pets may have been trapped inside.
“We can't account for them yet,” said Dearman.
Although there will be an investigation into the fire, Dearman said it is not considered suspicious.