Morning fire in Carbonear

Melissa Jenkins
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The reminants of a fire that was set after 8 a.m. today (Sept. 11) was still releasing smoke an hour after the fire was put out..

Bonefire night appeared to come early this year in Carbonear, but it was certainly not planned.

A pile of various discarded materials, shrubs and dead branches were gathered by locals in a clearing on Southside Lower Road in the town. The Carbonear Volunteer Fire Department confirmed residents were starting the collection for Bonfire night.

The department said someone decided to set the pile ablaze this morning (Sept. 11) just after 8 a.m. but it didn’t take long to get it under control.

The fire was about 30 metres to the nearest house, but did not spread from the initial point of ignition.

A school bus heading to Carbonear Academy was held up while firefighters put out the flames.

At 8:30 a.m. the area was cleared up and the bus was back on its way.

Smoke was still visible after 9 a.m.

Bonfire night — traditionally recognized as Guy Fawkes Day — will take place on Nov. 5.

A member of the department also acknowledged there was also a call this morning to Carbonear Academy. He noted there was no fire, just a false alarm that was activated by the school’s alarm panel.

Organizations: Carbonear Academy, Carbonear Volunteer Fire Department

Geographic location: Carbonear, South Side Lower Road

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