UPDATE: Fire closes popular Tyne Valley business

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TYNE VALLEY – Lorna Dillon is hailing two diners as heroes after they helped knock down a fire in her Tyne Valley business, Dillon’s Kwik Way, on Friday.

The fire broke out in the kitchen, which houses a convenience store, restaurant, laundromat and hair salon in the very heart of Tyne Valley.

John Dennis and Mike Sherren sprung to action and directed the business’s fire extinguisher on the fire, which was climbing the wall in the kitchen. 

By the time they had emptied the extinguisher the Tyne Valley Fire Department was on the scene and completed the job with its own extinguisher.

“They just came for a meal,” Dillon said of her two heroes.

“I’m still hungry,” Sherren chuckled after being checked over and treated for smoke inhalation at the scene by paramedics.

“I just stayed in longer than I should’ve. I got a little bit of smoke in my lungs and then it kicked in. I just got a little light-headed and started coughing and gagging. I should have had a mask on,” said Sherren, a former firefighter.

“I just stayed in longer than I should’ve. I got a little bit of smoke in my lungs and then it kicked in. I just got a little light-headed and started coughing and gagging. I should have had a mask on,” Mike Sherren

The fire was contained to the kitchen but Tyne Valley deputy chief William Bishop said the entire building sustained extensive smoke damage.

“There was about three feet of smoke throughout the whole building when we got here.”

Provincial fire marshal Dave Rossiter examined the scene and ruled the fire accidental.

“Something happened on the top of the stove. We’re not sure yet because it’s all melted down. We know there was something on top of the stove and it melted, and that’s what started the fire.”

Dillon, who, with her husband, Paul purchased the property in June, 2011, agrees things could have been much worse. She expects the entire business will be closed for a while for cleanup and was confident the loss would be covered by insurance.

“It’s a wonderful business because the community needs it,” Dillon said

Collectively, the different entities under one roof employ 14 people.

 

 

 

Organizations: Convenience Store

Geographic location: Tyne Valley, Lennox Island

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