UPDATED: Firefighters respond to fire at former South Alton feather plant

John Decoste jdecoste@kingscountynews.ca
Published on March 3, 2016

SOUTH ALTON - According to Kentville fire chief Ryan MacEachern, there was "more smoke than fire" to an alarm March 3 at a former feather plant at Welton's Landing on Highway 12. 

Kentville firefighters responded to the original alarm at 12:34 p.m. Mutual aid was dispatched from New Minas and Waterville and District as part of the regional mutual aid protocol for confirmed structure fires.

Additional mutual aid was provided from Waterville and District, Greenwich, Canning, Port Williams and Berwick, while the Greenwich and Wolfville departments each sent a unit to stand in at the Kentville station. 

Contacted around 5 p.m., Chief MacEachern confirmed the building had not been used as a feather plant for several years.

"The owners were looking to clean up the property, and were working with welding torches." They were on their lunch break when a hot ember ignited some debris on the floor.

On the arrival of the first firefighters, black smoke was visible coming from the building. MacEachern said, "the smoke looked bigger than the fire turned out to be."

As the building is in the process of being "cleaned up for environmental purposes," there was no insurance. 

MacEachern confirmed there were several pieces of heavy equipment inside the building. "They weren't anywhere near the fire, so there was no damage."