Early morning fire on Botwood highway
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On March 17 a home on the Botwood highway was destroyed by fire.
Point Leamington Deputy Fire Chief Ed Hillier said, “I interviewed the owner and took a report and he went and filled up his stove and went back to have his coffee and about 20 minutes later at around 8:30 a.m. his daughter shouted that there was smoke coming from a vent so he jumped up and went to the furnace room and opened the door and was basically pushed back by the smoke and heat.”
At that point the priority was to get everyone out of the house. The family’s dog was saved, but unfortunately the family’s cats did not make it out of the house safely.
The man singed the side of his head when he opened the furnace door and along with his wife, who was also in the house, went to the hospital as a precaution.
When the Point Leamington Fire Department arrived on the scene the house was fully engulfed in flames that were approximately 30 feet high.
“The wind was our biggest problem. It was gusting about 80 kilometers per hour. To try and stop the fire — it was impossible because we couldn’t get near it. It would flare up and swirl back on the firefighters,” said Hillier.
Some of the firefighters were tasked to try and save the tool shed near the house. It contained four snowmobiles and was worth approximately $30,000 to $40,000.
“We saved the shed, with the limited water supply we had there was no way to put the fire out. We did the best we could with what we had,” said Hillier.
Fire departments from Point Leamington, Botwood and Northern Arm responded to the emergency call.