Fire marshal attends three separate blazes over weekend

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Three separate structure fires led to a busy Father's Day weekend for the provincial fire marshal's office.

Fire marshal Dave Rossiter was on the scene for all three fires, while the North River Fire Department responded to two of them.

The first fire occurred in a single family dwelling on Milton Avenue in Summerside Saturday morning.

Rossiter has ruled the fire accidental, pointing to an unattended candle in a bedroom on the main level as the cause.

The structure saw moderate damage.

The North River Fire Department responded to a fire that destroyed a cottage on Stephanie Lane in Cumberland Saturday evening.

Fire chief Kirby Wakelin said he had called the Crapaud Fire Department for back-up before leaving for the fire.

"She was pretty well down to the ground," said Wakelin while describing the cottage blaze. "We put out a few hot spots and left a crew on scene until the fire marshal arrived."

Rossiter is still investigating the cause and origin of the blaze.

Seven trucks and about 25 firefighters from the North River department responded to a structural fire on Keri Drive in Cornwall at approximately 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Heavy black smoke was pouring out of the top windows of the structure when the department arrived on scene, said Wakelin.

Wakelin said no one was in either the cottage or the Keri Drive structure at the times of the fires.

He said the structure on Keri Drive, which was damaged but left standing, is a non-occupied home.

"Up until a year or two ago it was occupied," said Wakelin. "It's not at this time."

Wakelin said the department was able to contain the blaze to the basement where it originated within a half hour to forty-five minutes of arriving on scene.

Rossiter has ruled the blaze as accidental, pointing to a malfunction in the building's electrical system as the cause.

The fire department had received two other calls during the major blazes.

A brush fire was reported to be out of control shortly after the cottage blaze.

That call turned out to be nothing, said Wakelin.

The other call came during Sunday's blaze and was reported as a bale of hay located behind propane tanks in the industrial park.

Organizations: RCMP, North River Fire Department

Geographic location: Cumberland

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  • D.Macswain
    June 17, 2013 - 07:10

    Does anyone else find the amount of fires on PEI lately a little unnerving? I live downtown and hear the Fire department horn go off, followed shortly by fire trucks, and it leaves me to question more often than not... What the hell is going on?