Fire destroys Damascus home, claims 3 pets

A house in Damascus near Hampton was destroyed by fire on Wednesday afternoon and three pets were killed in the blaze.

Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department responds instead of Hampton crews because of closed covered bridge

A house in Damascus near Hampton was destroyed by fire on Wednesday afternoon and three pets were killed in the blaze. 0:26

A house in Damascus near Hampton was destroyed by fire on Wednesday afternoon and three pets were killed in the blaze.

No one was in the bungalow at 369 Damascus Rd. at the time, said Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department platoon chief Kevin Clynick.

A firefighter required medical attention because of an elevated heart rate, he said.

Crews were called to the scene around 3 p.m. and noticed a large plume of black smoke en route, said Clynick.

The home was in flames by the time crews arrived,so they set up a defensive operation outside the structure, he said.

A dog and two cats were inside.

The house was in the Kennebecasis Valley department's territory. 

Crews from the Kennebecasis Valley, Simonds, Nauwigewauk, Hampton and Saint John fire departments responded to the blaze. (CBC)
"I think the house was going fairly quick before it was noticed."

Clynick said it took about 13 minutes for the first truck to arrive, although some area residents who spoke to CBC News estimated the response time was closer to 20 minutes.

The residents weren't home at the time of the fire, but a dog and two cats were inside. (Google Street View)
Five KV fire units responded to the fire. Firefighters from Simonds, Nauwigewauk, Hampton and Saint John fire departments also provided tanker support, said Clynick.

The Hammond River No. 3 covered bridge, which was closed last month after an inspection revealed structural damage, is typically used by the Hampton Fire Department or the KV fire department when providing mutual aid.

Department of Transportation and Infrastructure trucks recently exceeded weight restrictions on the 102-year-old bridge, Minister Bill Fraser has confirmed. Fraser would not speculate on whether an overweight department truck caused the damage.

Corrections

  • A previous version of this story said incorrectly that the house was within the Hampton Fire Department's territory, and that the Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department responded because the bridge at Smithtown was closed. In fact, the fire was in the Kennebecasis Valley department's territory. The Hampton Fire Department responded as mutual aid to the fire.
    Jul 06, 2017 9:27 AM AT

With files from Brian Chisholm