PEI

Barn fire narrowly misses home

Firefighters in western P.E.I. had their work cut out for them Sunday morning preventing a barn fire from spreading to the adjacent house.
The flames were very close to the house. (Submitted by Karen Tuplin)

 

Firefighters in western P.E.I. had their work cut out for them Sunday morning preventing a barn fire from spreading to the adjacent house.

Flames were roaring out of the barn toward the Tignish Shore home, but fortunately the wind direction was working in the firefighters' favour.

High winds did fan the flames however, and the barn was a total loss.

High winds fanned the flames in the barn. (Submitted by Karen Tuplin)

"Due to the amount of destruction to the building we cannot come to a complete cause on it," said provincial fire marshal Dave Rossiter.

"We do have a probable cause being related to the heating equipment within the building. The level of damage was partly attributed to the extremely high winds at that time, that pretty much enveloped the whole building."

The Tignish Fire Department responded to the fire and had help from the Miminegash and Alberton fire departments.

Firefighters said the owner lost some farm equipment and tools used for a small lumber mill.

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