A Wainfleet volunteer firefighter watched his home burn down as his fellow firefighters tried hard to save it Saturday, May 14.
Wainfleet Fire and Emergency Services Fire Chief Harry Flagg said Carl Chambers was working in the backyard of his home, at 11558 Highway 3, when he heard a smoke alarm going off inside.
“He turned around to notice smoke and flames coming from inside. He tried to fight the fire with an extinguisher and when he lost control of it, he called 911.”
Flagg was first to arrive on scene and reported heavy smoke coming from the single-family dwelling, located on the north side of the highway between Burnaby and Outred Rds.
Wind coming out of the south was an issue for the more than a dozen volunteers battling the blaze, as it fed the flames inside the home.
Water was also an issue, as tankers from Wainfleet shuttled back and forth between a large pond on Biederman Rd., and a new dry hydrant at a nearby quarry. Wainfleet is a rural community that does not have waterlines or hydrants on its roads.
Two portable water ponds were set up on the highway, which was blocked off by Niagara Regional Police.
A Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services tanker, along with five firefighters, provided mutual aid to Wainfleet and was running water from a hydrant about six kilometres away.
Niagara EMS paramedics were on standby at the scene, but there were no injuries.
Flagg said the home was completely destroyed in the blaze and put the loss at at least $250,000.
A backhoe was called in once the fire was knocked down to tear down what was left of the home and to allow firefighters to put out hotspots.
The fire service cleared the scene shortly after 10:30 p.m.
There was no word on the cause of the fire at the time.
A short video from the scene
Click on the photo below to see an album of photos from the fire