Murray River and Murray Harbour Fire Departments battle blaze in Murray River
By Heather Moore
RCMP blocked off traffic on the Commercial Road just outside Murray River about mid-morning Saturday as crews from the Murray River and Murray Harbour Fire Departments responded to a blaze that destroyed a building owned by David London.
Flames came within a few feet of Mr London’s home where he lives with his wife Georgina.
Mr London was in Murray Harbour when he was told about the blaze so he rushed home to find smoke billowing from the building he had used in his undercoating business for the past 20 years.
He said he had been in the building earlier in the morning welding a ladder he was using to repair someone’s chimney.
“It must have been a spark from the welder,” a distressed but relieved Mr London said repeating several times that, “at least no one was injured. It’s just a building.”
There was no insurance on the structure that had a metal exterior and wood inside.
Mr London said he had no idea of the value of tools that would also have been destroyed but, “they’re all gone.”
Amid reassurances and offers to help rebuild a somber Mrs London watched from her front door surrounded by friends as firemen scrambled to keep the blaze from spreading to another structure on the property.
“I don’t know what happened,” Mrs London said. “There were flames ... and now it’s gone.”
Mr London, in praising the efforts of the firefighters, noted there was a lot of oil in the building that he used for his work and he had put sawdust on the floor but there were no vehicles inside it at the time.
He said he had a number of undercoating jobs lined up to do.
Firefighters from the Murray River Fire Department called the nearby Murray Harbour Fire Department for assistance in fighting a blaze this morning that destroyed a building used to undercoat vehicles on the Commercial Road. Heather Moore photo
Murray River firefighters Jackie Graham, left and Mike Gormley, right helped fill a reservoir with water which was used to fight the fire. Holding the hose is Murray Harbour Fire Chief Stephen MacKay and behind him is Ewen Cuddy, also with the Harbour Fire Department. Heather Moore photo