Trailer destroyed in early morning fire
January 17, 2013
For the third time in three months, Bracebridge firefighters came across treacherous roads while responding to a structure fire call.
Fire crews were up and running shortly after 6 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14 when a camper trailer fire was called in at an address near Fraserburg Road and Harrison Road. Once they navigated down an unplowed roadway, firefighters found the trailer – measuring roughly eight by 20 feet in size – had burned completely to the ground.
“It was a complete loss when we got there, we extinguished basically the rubble,” said fire training officer Jared Cayley. “There were no injuries.”
Cayley said nobody was inside the trailer, which wasn’t the owner’s primary residence. He said a cause for the blaze has not yet been determined, but that it is has not been deemed suspicious. Firefighters had cleared from the scene by 8 a.m.
Fire crews previously encountered a poorly-maintained road in mid-December when several cords of firewood caught fire near a propane tank at an address on Kirkpatrick Lane, close to the intersection of Ashley Lane and Highway 118 East. Because the icy roadway was too narrow and slippery for fire trucks to get through, firefighters had to carry pumps to the scene on foot, drawing water from a nearby river.
In late November, Bracebridge and Huntsville firefighters slogged through whiteout conditions and about half a foot of snow to reach a fire that completely destroyed a home near Stephenson Road 1 East and Bonnie Lake Road in Port Sydney. Two OPP cruisers that were also called to the scene became stuck in the snow during the call.
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