MILLVILLE, N.S. – Firefighters had their work cut out for them as they tackled a blaze that broke out in an older home on Hall Road May 23.
Aylesford firefighters received the initial call just before 6:45 p.m. from a neighbour, who reported that flames were coming out through the roof of the large, one-and-a-half-storey home.
The fire was well underway when departments arrived on scene.
“It was heavy smoke showing from the eaves and top windows,” said fire chief Shawn Carey, who heads the Aylesford and District Volunteer Fire Department.
It was initially uncertain whether anyone was home, but the neighbour reached one of the homeowners, who called to report that she had reached other family members and everyone was out.
A man carried an uninjured dog away from the property to move the animal to a quieter place as additional fire trucks arrived on scene, and several spectators gathered around the occupants of the home while firefighters doused flames that could occasionally be seen coming out of the roof and attic windows.
“It’s an older style house with a few add-ons, which makes it a little difficult to fight,” said Carey in a brief interview around 8:30 p.m.
“We’ve got a heavy fire load in the attic and interior walls, so we’re inside doing an interior attack trying to locate the fire and extinguish it.”
Additional help was called in from departments between Waterville and Nictaux.
The first crew to enter the house reported thick smoke from the floor to the ceiling. Thick smoke could be seen coming from the roof and dormer windows of the older home as crews worked inside.
A ladder truck was set up at the scene, and tanker trucks were filling portable water tanks to help with the firefighting efforts.
We will have a report from this house fire in the Millville area (near Aylesford) later tonight. Everyone is out of the home.Posted by Kings County Advertiser and Register on Wednesday, 23 May 2018