New Brunswick

Hampton funeral home a 'complete loss' after fire breaks out

A heavy fire Thursday morning extensively damaged Reid's Funeral Home, one of the oldest businesses in Hampton with roots going back to the mid-1800s.

Firefighters arrived on scene to a large fire at Reid's Funeral Home in Hampton early Thursday

At least 65 firefighters responded to a blazing fire early Thursday morning at Reid's Funeral Home in Hampton, about 39 kilometres northeast of Saint John. (Steven Webb/CBC News)

A large fire Thursday morning extensively damaged Reid's Funeral Home, one of the oldest businesses in Hampton with roots going back to the mid-1800s.

Firefighters arrived on scene on Main Street just after 3 a.m. after receiving a call from someone who had driven by the funeral home and noticed the fire.  

Mike Raeburn, the deputy chief of Hampton Fire Rescue, said at least 65 firefighters helped in the effort to put out the fire, including members of the Nauwigewauk Fire Department, Peninsula Volunteer Fire Department, and the Long Reach Fire Department.

Police were also on the scene about 39 kilometres northeast of Saint John.

No one was injured but the building is a "complete loss," Raeburn said. 

Raeburn, who was born and raised in Hampton, said everyone in the community is familiar with the business and their owners. 

"It was a cornerstone of the community," said Raeburn. 

Most of the roof of Reid's Funeral Home is gone and the second floor is heavily damaged. (Steven Webb/CBC)

In a statement on its website, Reid's says, "There was no harm to anyone resting at the funeral home and urns stored on the premises awaiting burial were rescued."

Raeburn confirmed that firefighters were able to recover a body resting in the home as well as an urn that contains cremation remains. 

Reid's statement also says families in the community who need their services in the coming days will be accommodated at nearby funeral homes operated by the same owner. 

"It was quite devastating," said owner and manager of the home, Dyson Regular, when asked how he felt as the building was burning. "Obviously you get caught up in the moment, but we felt better when we secured those items that are not replaceable." 

Fire crews left the site at around 10 a.m. on Thursday. The cause of fire is being investigated by the Office of the Fire Marshal but is not considered to be suspicious. 

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