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Kensington, New London departments respond to back-to-back fire calls Tuesday

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SEA VIEW, P.E.I. —

It was a busy Tuesday for the Kensington and New London fire departments.

The two departments responded to back-to-back calls on a very hot and dry summer day.

The first call, which was on the North Freetown Road, came into the Kensington department at 11:50 a.m. 

“A spark or something from the combine started the field on fire,” said Kensington fire chief Rodney Hickey, who added the combine was burnt a little but said he’s unsure if it’s usable. “Our big concern was the woods. 

“It headed for the woods and with the wind (Tuesday) and everything so dry, we concentrated our effort on the woods. We got a farmer to keep an eye on the combine so it didn’t spark up again and start the field going again.”

The New London and Kinkora departments were called in to assist Kensington, which had both its tankers at the scene. Hickey noted the assistance was needed in a big way.

“The fire was into the woods and was jumping from tree to tree, but the boys did a great job knocking it down right off the bat,” said Hickey in a phone interview Tuesday night. “If we had been two or three minutes behind, the woods would still have been going, I think.”

Hickey stressed that with everything so dry right now, he recommends that any farmer using a combine in a field has a water truck on site.

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Kensington firefighters were still at the hall cleaning up from the first fire when a call for a house fire in Sea View came in at 3:44 p.m.

“I would say it’s a total loss,” said Hickey, who added it’s too early to speculate on a cause and noted the Fire Marshal’s Office was still on scene Tuesday night.

Hickey said the two-storey structure was “pretty well” engulfed when firefighters arrived.

“It was up into the attic,” added Hickey.

The New London Fire Department was called in for water assistance and firefighters remained on the scene for a little over four hours.

A property manager for the house, which is owned by out-of-province owners, was on-site.

The RCMP and Island EMS also attended.

“EMS pulled in and they said they would stand by more or less for our safety,” said Hickey. “They knew it was a hot day and they had a nice cool unit. If anybody needed it, we could go into the EMS unit and get a cold drink of water. It was great.”

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