Posted on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 4 p.m.
New Year’s Day fire call
Fire fighters from East Hawkesbury and Champlain Township had to endure the bitter cold of the polar vortex when they answered a house fire call on New Year’s Day.
“It was about minus 25, freezing temperature,” said Fire Chief Dominic Normand of East Hawkesbury Township. “Hard on the guys. Hard on the equipment.”
The house fire was on the Concession 1 road in Chute-à-Blondeau in East Hawkesbury Township. The photo taken by a neighbour shows the lineup of fire trucks and other emergency vehicles at the site.
Fire crews from stations in East Hawkesbury, Champlain Township, Alfred-Plantagenet Township, and The Nation Municipality stations answered the mid-afternoon call. Paramedics and other emergency personnel joined them at the site. At the time of the fire, all of Prescott-Russell was still in an extreme cold weather situation with the outside temperature ranging between minus 20 and minus 30 depending on the wind chill factor.
Fire fighters were at the site until just before midnight that night before the situation was judged under control and the fire extinguished.
The house is declared destroyed. No injuries are reported. Both occupants of the house and their three dogs were outside of the building when fire fighters arrived.