Burning Debris Results In Loss Of Home
At approximately 2:15 Tuesday afternoon, 9-1-1 operators received a frantic call from a homeowner at 1048 Bagley Road in South Gravenhurst near the Severn River reporting that his house was on fire. Firefighters from Gravenhurst Stations 1 and 2 arrived to find an advanced fire with flames coming through the roof. The Fire Dept says flames were spreading in multiple directions and were threatening to spread to an adjacent home. Their efforts to halt the main fire in the original home were in vain as the fire consumed the home. Damage is estimated at $400,000.00.
Fire Department officials were told by the occupant that he had been burning debris in his back yard and that sparks ignited the ground cover and house. The man reportedly tried to extinguish the fire for approximately 20 minutes before calling 9-1-1.
Fire Chief Larry Brassard said “Aside from the issue that outside burning is prohibited during the daytime in Gravenhurst, this is a dramatic example of what can happen, especially in the spring with home clean-up activities.
This fire also underscores the importance of calling 9-1-1 quickly in any emergency. “Especially in the more remote areas of our community where first responders have a long way to travel, every minute is important if we’re to have a chance of making a meaningful intervention,” he said.