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Rawdon man transported to hospital following afternoon vehicle fire


Published on July 11, 2017

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RAWDON, N.S. — One man was airlifted to hospital after sustaining burns July 10 when the vehicle he was working on caught fire.

Lee Roulston, the fire chief for the Rawdon District Fire Department, said they were paged out to an RV fire around 3 p.m. and were notified that there was a person requiring medical attention.

“When we arrived on scene, the air ambulance was already on its way to take him to Halifax,” said Roulston, adding that they helped prepare the landing site for Life Flight.

The extent of the man's injuries is unknown at this time.

The RV fire had spread to a nearby structure by the time they arrived on scene.

“It was a mobile home. I believe it was used for storage. It didn't have any electricity hooked up to it, or anything like that,” said Roulston.

Mutual aid was requested from Brooklyn, Gore and Kennetcook, with other departments, like Mount Uniacke and Windsor, standing in at the stations.

“Manpower at the start was probably the biggest thing... other than that, everything came together fairly well. We kept it out of the woods,” said Roulston.

He estimates they were on scene for about three hours.

Andy McDade, Brooklyn's fire chief, said the West Hants department sent about two dozen firefighters.

“All we did was supply manpower and water,” said McDade. “At that time of day and in that area, it's really depleted for manpower. We sent 20-some people out there. It helps that we are able to have the numbers to help out our neighbours.”

Brooklyn Fire was also called out to a vehicle fire in Mosherville at 10:11 p.m. that night but when they arrived, there was no sign of the vehicle.