UPDATED Firefighters battle house fire aided by wind in Mount Hanley

Published on April 19, 2017

Firefighters tackled a tricky mid-afternoon house fire on Mount Hanley Road while contending with the wind April 19.

©Ashley Thompson

MOUNT HANLEY, NS - The homeowner paced back and forth as firefighters battled an inferno consuming his heritage-style home on Mount Hanley Road. 

"Upon arrival the roof appeared to be the only thing on fire. In talking to the homeowner, the sparks had come out of the chimney and (landed) on his cedar shingles that were exposed and caught fire,” said Deputy Chief Glenn Whitman of the Lawrencetown and District Volunteer Fire Department in an interview at the scene April 19.

Flames quickly spread throughout the back of the home, reducing the roof and walls to charred remains.

“The breeze that was blowing certainly didn’t help things,” said Whitman.

All of the occupants were out of the large, multi-level wooden structure before firefighters arrived, Whitman added. A horse trailer parked behind the house also caught fire, but firefighters worked tirelessly to prevent the flames from travelling further.

Departments from Kingston, Margaretsville, Middleton, Nictaux, Port Lorne and Bridgetown offered mutual aid.

Thick, black smoke could be seen from Highway 1 near the base of the mountain, and closer to the shore of the Bay of Fundy.

This is the second fire in the area in the past week. On April 15, there was a fire in a shed along the same road.  

Flames from the Mount Hanley Road structure fire that broke out after lunchtime April 19 spread to this trailer parked behind the home.

©Ashley Thompson