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Local fire crews battle forest fire in Shearstown


It took three fire departments, a forestry unit and two water bombers to beat down an afternoon fire in Shearstown  today.  

Firefighters from Bay Roberts, Bay de Grave and Spaniard’s Bay took three hours to fight a fire that broke out along the pole line and cut a swath through some neighbouring forest. The flames shot up through the wood and burned feet from row of houses.

A pair of water bombers from Gander and St. John’s made more than half a dozen passes.

At just before 4 p.m., Denise Simms was preparing dinner when she first noticed fire and smoke billowing from behind her home. Grabbing some instruments before heading out the door, she dialed the town’s emergency number and alerted officials.

Then, she and her husband moved their vehicles out of harm’s way and watched as firefighters attacked the fire.

“I’m impressed with the response time of the fire department,” said Simms.

A forestry unit is still on scene at this moment. Members of the Bay Roberts department were heading back to the scene in an effort to find the cause of the blaze.

 “Right now, it is an undetermined cause,” said Bay Roberts Fire Chief Adam Norman.

Norman said the fire could have “much worse” if not for the aid of their neighbouring departments. Along with the 60 fire fighters on scene, there were four support vehicles and five pumpers on site.

“It would’ve been difficult,” Norman said of fighting the fire without the assistance of the other departments. “It was fantastic work by everyone involved. Nice to know you get such great help from neighbouring departments.”

nmercer@cbncompass.ca

Firefighters from Bay Roberts, Bay de Grave and Spaniard’s Bay took three hours to fight a fire that broke out along the pole line and cut a swath through some neighbouring forest. The flames shot up through the wood and burned feet from row of houses.

A pair of water bombers from Gander and St. John’s made more than half a dozen passes.

At just before 4 p.m., Denise Simms was preparing dinner when she first noticed fire and smoke billowing from behind her home. Grabbing some instruments before heading out the door, she dialed the town’s emergency number and alerted officials.

Then, she and her husband moved their vehicles out of harm’s way and watched as firefighters attacked the fire.

“I’m impressed with the response time of the fire department,” said Simms.

A forestry unit is still on scene at this moment. Members of the Bay Roberts department were heading back to the scene in an effort to find the cause of the blaze.

 “Right now, it is an undetermined cause,” said Bay Roberts Fire Chief Adam Norman.

Norman said the fire could have “much worse” if not for the aid of their neighbouring departments. Along with the 60 fire fighters on scene, there were four support vehicles and five pumpers on site.

“It would’ve been difficult,” Norman said of fighting the fire without the assistance of the other departments. “It was fantastic work by everyone involved. Nice to know you get such great help from neighbouring departments.”

nmercer@cbncompass.ca

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