Water thrown on oil fire

First responders summoned to a cooking-related blaze in Chelsea were told water was used to try and extinguish the fire - a big no-no for suppressing such incidents.

Tri-district volunteer firefighters, who serve the Chelsea area, along with volunteer crews out of Wileville, were dispatched recently to a Lakefront Drive address where flames broke out due to frying pan-related deep-frying.

A neighbour put the fire out with an extinguisher, but not before someone tried throwing water on it first, emergency crews were told. The house was full of smoke as first-arriving responders pulled up on scene.

Health safety tips posted online by the federal government indicate electric deep fryers with a temperature control are far safer than attempting deep frying food in a pot or pan.

"If the oil in your deep fryer catches fire, use a kitchen fire extinguisher or cover the deep fryer with a metal lid," government advises. "Never use water to put out an oil fire."

There were no reports of any injuries, nor immediate details as to the amount of damage.

Tri-district's fire chief did not respond to LighthouseNOW's inquiries about the incident.

Lunenburg County paramedics secure exemplary service honours

A pair of local paramedics were recently honoured for their long-time dedication to their chosen profession.

Joe Gallant, of New Germany, and Ryan Grist, of Dayspring, were recognized with an Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal, a national honour for people employed in high-risk public safety-related work.

To be eligible for the medal, recipients must have demonstrated exemplary service in their careers for at least 20 years, including 10 years in an emergency medical services position that involves potential risk.

Police, firefighters, corrections officers, coast guard members and peace officers are also eligible for exemplary service medals, which are part of the Canadian honours system.

Minor injuries in Chester Grant tractor accident

The driver of a farm tractor sustained injuries police deem minor after the vehicle overturned in Chester Grant.

First responders were summoned to Highway 12 where the tractor rolled into the ditch. Paramedics, RCMP, and Chester Basin volunteer firefighters went to the incident at about 11:45 a.m., October 5.

Chester volunteer firefighters were also requested to come with specialized vehicle extrication equipment but the driver wasn't trapped under the tractor and the department was turned back.

The "male driver was transported to hospital with believed to be minor injuries," Cpl Lisa Croteau, a spokeswoman for the province's RCMP, told LighthouseNOW.

The road was temporarily closed for about 15 minutes to remove the vehicle from the scene, she said.

There was no word on charges nor the cause of the incident.

Bridgewater sets budget to buy private land for public streets

The South Shore's largest town is budgeting $120,000 toward acquiring private land for public street purposes as work continues on road realignments and other work in the business park ahead of the scheduled 2021 construction of a new Highway 103 interchange in the area.

Bridgewater plans to buy nine parcels and declare each as public right-of-way.

The town authorized a $8,800 deal to purchase a section of York Street skatepark land from the Lunenburg County Multi-Purpose Centre Corporation, the public agency that oversees Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre complex off North Park Street, for public street purposes.

Meanwhile, the new interchange is slated to be built between the Cookville and Wileville exits.

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