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Fire destroys home

by Chris Daponte

MAPLETON TWP. - There was little firefighters could do with a large fire that completely destroyed a home near Drayton last weekend.

“It was fully involved when we got there,” Fire Chief Rick Richardson said of the blaze on Concession 12, northwest of Drayton and southeast of Rothsay.

Firefighters responded to the home - an older stone house with a large addition that was under renovations - shortly after 3:40pm on Sept. 17.

Smoke, and even flames, were clearly visible from Drayton at the time, indicating the size and severity of the fire. 

Twenty-nine firefighters from the Mapleton department responded to the scene, as well as two water trucks and four firefighters from the Minto Fire Department’s Palmerston station.

Richardson said no one was inside at the time of the fire and no firefighters were injured at the scene, despite the explosion of a couple of propane tanks.

However, there wasn’t much left of the house by the time firefighters left the scene at 7:30pm.

“It’s totally gone,” Richardson said. “Everything’s in the basement.”



September 23, 2011


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