Carbonear firefighter Jason Hogan takes a breather while battling a dramatic fire in the town on Wednesday, April 23.
© Photo by Terry Roberts/The Compass
Carbonear firefighter Jason Hogan
The old Bond Theatre at the corner of Water and Bond streets was flattened by a fire of unknown origin, but the untiring efforts of volunteers like Hogan ensured that neighouring structures, including private dwellings and businesses, were not damaged.
In all, members of the fire department dedicated about 12 hours to the incident, which resulted in the loss of a noteworthy piece of the town's history.
At its peak, some 25 firefighters attacked the fire. Four honorary members were also called into service.
It was the most significant structural fire in the town in recent years, said Chief Ed Kavanagh, who credited his members' training and professionalism and top-notch equipment, including an aerial ladder truck, for helping contain the fire.
Luckily, Kavanagh said, the winds were light. Otherwise, he added, the situation could have been much worse.