Fire destroys Frenchfort cottage

Jim Day
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A fire early this morning destroyed a cottage in Frenchfort.

No one was in the cottage at the time.

The North Shore Fire Department responded to a structure fire call on Dougan Lane at 5:25 a.m. with five trucks and 24 firefighters.

Mutual aid was provided by the Charlottetown Fire Department Station 2 and from the East River Fire Department.

North Shore Fire Chief Bob Morrison says the “fairly good sized cottage’’ was fully involved when firefighters arrived on the scene.

“There were cottages nearby but luckily the wind was going in the right direction and they were not in danger,’’ says Morrison.

Getting right up to the cottage was a chore with thick mud making it impossible to get the vehicles close to the building.

“We had an extremely remote distance that was inaccessible by trucks so we had to lay just under 2,000 feet of hose,’’ says Morrison.

“That was very tiring.’’

Firefighters were on the scene for four and a half hours but had plenty more work left after facing a major cleanup of fire fighting equipment.

No firefighters were injured.

The provincial fire marshal is investigating the origin and cause of the fire.


Organizations: The North Shore Fire Department, Charlottetown Fire Department Station, East River Fire Department

Geographic location: Frenchfort, North Shore

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  • Elaine from NS
    April 16, 2014 - 19:04

    I would also like to thank all the firefighters who tried to save Len & Julea's cottage. It was sad to hear that it burnt down, but I'm grateful that the other cottages, including my own, were saved.

  • Len St-Aubin
    April 16, 2014 - 13:09

    Unfortunately it was our cottage at 35 Marlee Drive. Thanks to W. Mullen for calling the fire department and D. Johnston for letting us know. Very special thanks to all the fire fighters at North Shore, Charlottetown and East River Fire Departments for all their hard work under tough conditions! We very much appreciate your efforts! So glad no one was hurt. Len St-Aubin and Julea Boswell, Ottawa

  • ...pearl
    April 15, 2014 - 14:15

    i live on frenchfort rd and there is like i believe 6 cottages down there all together .. three right on the shore line..

  • Tami MacIntyre
    April 15, 2014 - 11:10

    Does anyone know which cottage this was or if it was the one close to the shore &the bank?

    • Handregan
      April 15, 2014 - 14:03

      It was the last cottage on the first lane that you come to (furthest from the water). Behind the Handregan and Mullen cottage. All the firefighters did an excellent job and worked very hard to get to it and prevent other structures from going up. Thank you !!