First responder collapses at Hebbs Cross house fire

by Keith Corcoran

  • <p>SUBMITTED PHOTO</p><p>A firefighter trudges among the remains of a house fire off Mines 2 Road in Hebbs Cross.</p>
  • <p>SUBMITTED PHOTO</p><p>Two vehicles were damaged as a result of the Hebbs Cross fire that destroyed a house fire June 2.</p>

A volunteer firefighter was taken to hospital by ambulance after collapsing at the scene of a house fire in Hebbs Cross that displaced a Lunenburg County father and his two young sons.

It's believed the female first responder experienced a diabetic issue while working the Mines 2 Road scene June 2 resulting in paramedics being called. Information provided to LighthouseNOW indicated she was treated and released from hospital.

Seven volunteer fire departments were summoned to the blaze, which a neighbour noticed at about 3:25 a.m. The man and two boys, age four and seven, weren't home at the time of the incident and, according to the Canadian Red Cross, are now living with relatives for the time being. The social services charity said disaster volunteers assisted with emergency purchases for the family such as food and clothing.

The fire lit up the night and had been burning for a "considerable time" before emergency crews were notified, said Hebbs Cross volunteer fire department spokesman Wendell Eisener.

"The roof had already come down," said Eisener, the agency's training officer, who was among responders on the scene.

"Life safety is our first priority," Eisener pointed out, "but it was immediately obvious nobody would have survived this fire if they had been inside."

Fire services from Bridgewater, Hebbville, Lapland, Italy Cross, Conquerall Bank, and the Tri-district area helped Hebbs Cross crews with manpower and water supply. The last truck cleared the scene at about six hours later, at 9 a.m.

Eisener said only wall fragments of the log house and a stone chimney were left standing when the flames were extinguished. Eisener didn't know for certain if the house was insured.

A GMC van and Nissan sport utility vehicle in the yard were heavily damaged from the intense heat of the fire.

The cause of the fire is classified undetermined, Eisener said, as the extent of destruction complicates finding where the blaze started.

Lunenburg district RCMP Staff Sgt. RCMP Paul Coughlin said it appears no foul play is suspected and didn't anticipate the matter requires further investigation.

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