Fire damages home in Mount Royal

Eric McCarthy
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No one was home Wednesday when fire broke out in this Mount Royal home. The family of five will take up residence with their grandmother and great-grandmother across the road until their home is replaced.

MOUNT ROYAL -- A Mount Royal family of five will be taking up temporary residence across the road following a Wednesday afternoon fire that extensively damaged their split level home.

No one was at home when the fire was discovered by a passerby over the noon hour.

Jamie Betts said he was at work when his grandmother, who lives across the road from his residence called him to inform him the house he and his wife Sally and their three children have lived in for the past nine years was on fire. Firefighters were still fighting the fire when he arrived home.

Betts wasn’t sure whether the family dog was in the home when the fire started, but he said their pet is safe. He believes the house is damaged beyond repair and he is already planning to rebuild on the same lot.

None of the family’s personal belongings were saved but Betts said everything of importance is safe, referring to his family.

He said his family’s loss is protected by insurance. He indicated his family would be staying with his grandmother until the house is replaced.

The O’Leary and West Point fire departments both responded to the initial call and the Alberton fire department was called in for back-up, helping to shuttle water to the scene.

O’Leary fire chief, Blair Perry said the fire, which got a head start on them, was made even more difficult to fight because of the strong wind.

Provincial fire marshall Dave Rossiter was on the scene Wednesday afternoon and said he had established a possible cause of the fire but would be furthering his investigation before releasing the likely cause. He said the firefighters did a good job extinguishing the fire in difficult circumstances.

Geographic location: Mount Royal, West Point

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