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By John DeCoste
Firefighters and equipment from three Valley departments responded to the scene of a garage fire Saturday morning on Black Rock Road in Grafton.
Waterville and District firefighters responded to the alarm shortly before 6 a.m. and found the approximately 40 by 20 structure fully involved.
The property owner's wife had awakened and saw the glow of the fire and called in the alarm, around the same time a Waterville and District firefighter was doing the same.
Mutual aid was requested and supplied from the Berwick and Kentville departments.Firefighters remained on scene until about 9:30 a.m.
The garage ended up completely destroyed. Thanks to the quick discovery of the fire and the firefighters' prompt response, the adjacent house, located some 12-15 feet away, suffered only minor heat damage.
There were no injuries, but several items stored in the garage, including a small tractor, a snowblower and some farm implements, were lost in the fire. Some livestock (poultry) also perished in the blaze.
Staff from the provincial fire marshal's office was called in to assist the fire department in its investigation of the cause of the fire, which was yet to be determined but appeared to be accidental in nature.
"We were fortunate there was no wind, or it could easily have been much worse," said fire department spokesperson Kevin Ernest.