Millville village hall, fire station destroyed by blaze
Millville Fire Department, village hall 'have lost everything,' says Woodstock fire chief
Millville Mayor Bev Forbes says the small village in western New Brunswick "lost everything" in an early morning fire at the municipal building, which housed the council chambers, fire department and a seniors' centre.
Fire Chief Justin Mcguigan estimates the damage will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Foul play has not been ruled out, say RCMP.
Crews from various nearby communities were called to the Millville fire around 4:30 a.m. on Monday, including Oromocto, Keswick, Woodstock, and Nackawic. It took about an hour after crews arrived to get the fire under control.
Forbes said people in the community were stunned to hear about the fire.
"We have no idea [what caused the fire]. The building was fully involved in flames when the department arrived, it was so hot that they couldn’t even get the trucks out or anything," he said.
Forbes said one truck, which was stationed in Nackawic after being loaned out last week, was saved from the blaze.
No injuries were reported.
Woodstock Fire Chief Ricky Nicholson said members of his fire department helped put out the blaze. He said there was no way to save any of the fire equipment.
"The boys never got a pair of gloves, they never got a helmet, they lost everything. The Millville Fire Department and the municipality of Millville have lost everything," Nicholson said.
Nicholson would not comment on what may have started the fire. He said the provincial fire marshal is driving to Millville to investigate the cause of the blaze. Keswick RCMP are also investigating.
Millville village officials met on Monday morning to determine a temporary location for the village's fire department, which will be set up at the nearby Department of Transportation facility.
The village's mayor said the building and equipment were insured. But Forbes said plans will need to be made about a winter home for the fire department.
"The main concern that we have now is with the fire trucks, in October and November, when it starts getting cold, we have find a place to keep them inside," he said.
"Right now, we can keep them outside with the weather."
The fire department is also working with the government to speed up the process of ordering new equipment, officials said.
1 week after Nackawic fire
The fire comes a week after a blaze at the Nackawic Town Hall and fire department that damaged three fire trucks and damaged the building.
That fire started after a man drove a vehicle into the building.
Edwin Bradley, 56, faces several charges in the Nackawic fire. He was ordered to undergo a 30-day psychiatric assessment and reappear in court Aug. 22.
The Nackawic Fire Department was one of the four local fire departments that responded to the Millville fire on Monday.
Nicholson said other local fire departments will be helping Millville through this tough time, just as they have been helping Nackawic.
"We are one large family so we will be out assisting and making sure Millville will provide fire protection to the residents and the area," he said.
The Woodstock fire chief said his department would be loaning a truck to Millville.
Anyone with information about the Millville fire is asked to contact the Keswick RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).