Wilmot home destroyed in Monday night blaze

Published on January 5, 2016

This house just west of the Big Scoop Restaurant on Highway 1 in Middleton was destroyed by fire Monday evening. Firefighters from Middleton and several other departments fought the blaze well into the night amid falling snow and cold temperatures.

©Lawrence Powell

WILMOT - A family is safe, but homeless, following an evening house fire on Jan. 4.

Firefighters from several departments were out in snowy conditions Monday evening to battle a house fire just two doors west of the Big Scoop Restaurant near the Highway 101 connector road.

Middleton fire chief Mike Toole says that fortunately the family and their dogs were out at the time. Several people reported seeing smoke and flames coming from windows of the home and by the time Chief Toole arrived, the two-story house was engulfed.  

“It was fully involved when we got there, it wasn’t safe to send anyone in,” he said. “So the family were only able to recover a limited number of belongings.”

Fire departments from Middleton, Nictaux, Lawrencetown, Kingston, Bridgetown and Aylesford responded to the call that came around 7:30 p.m.. Frigid temperatures and slippery conditions made for a long night.

Chief Toole said they were on the scene until about 1 a.m. The cause of the fire has not been determined, he added the fire marshal’s office will not be investigating the matter.

“It was an unfortunate mishap,” he said.  The two-storey home still stands, but is destroyed inside. Within hours of the fire, people on Facebook were beginning to rally in support of the family.