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'It's really scary': Factorydale garage fire spreads to house, field

Firefighters from Aylesford work to extinguish hotspots at the scene of a blaze that broke out in a garage in Factorydale April 15.
Firefighters from Aylesford work to extinguish hotspots at the scene of a blaze that broke out in a garage in Factorydale April 15.

FACTORYDALE - Gana King anxiously watched as firefighters fought to contain the fire moving from her neighbour’s garage to a field behind her home.

“It’s really scary,” the Factorydale resident confided in an interview at the scene along Aylesford Road April 15.

Firefighters from Waterville to Middleton responded to the fire called in shortly after 3 p.m. King was one of the first people to spot the flames.

“I was just cleaning up the house and that and I just heard this (weird) sound. I looked out and I couldn’t see anything and it kept getting louder and louder,” she said.

Firefighters were able to save this Factorydale home April 15.

“I looked out and it was just fire, fire… I was really shocked… I didn’t know if it was going to come to my house.”

Greg MacDonald, who lives in the area, tried to help prevent the fire from spreading to the field.

“When we got here the garage was fully engulfed, the house was engulfed and the fire was halfway down the field,” he said.

“It wasn’t 20 minutes (spreading). It’s really windy in that open field.”

Aylesford Fire Chief Shawn Carey said saving the house was the immediate priority. “We had a fully involved garage fire which spread to the house and spread to the woods as well,” he said.

“In the house we had four cats upon arrival. We were able to get them out of the house and contain the fire to the back side of the house.”

The blaze originated in a garage behind a Factorydale home and spread to a nearby field and wooded area.

Several fire departments were called in to offer mutual aid as they attempted to contain the blaze while contending with the wind.

“With the wind the way that it is, it turned into a fairly large grass and woods fire at the same time.”

There were no injuries, and the cause remains under investigation.

In addition to this call, the Kings County Fire and Emergency Calls Facebook page shows reports of a brush fire in West Glenmont, a woods fire in Coldbrook and grass fires in New Minas and Port Williams on April 15.

Carey urges anyone burning brush to first check the provincial burning restriction website that is updated on a daily basis at https://novascotia.ca/BurnSafe/.

In the event that burning is permitted, Carey recommends having water to extinguish the blaze, and a phone on hand in case anything unexpected happens.

Firefighters from Middleton to Waterville tackled a stubborn garage fire that spread to a nearby house and field in Factorydale April 15.

 

 

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