Fire guts Hallecks Road West home

In this provided photo, flames shoot from the peak of a home at 2162 Hallecks Road West on Sunday, July 7, 2019. The home was vacant at the time of the fire. (Fire Chief Jim Donovan via Newswatch Group)

HALLECKS – A two-storey home, west of Brockville, has been gutted by fire.

Firefighters from Elizabethtown-Kitley Township, with mutual aid provided by Front of Yonge, battled the fire for roughly five hours Sunday night.

In an interview with Brockville Newswatch, Elizabethtown-Kitley Fire Chief Jim Donovan says the home at 2162 Hallecks Road West was vacant at the time and the owners were getting ready to move in later this fall.

“The police (Leeds County O.P.P.) found it (the house) and there were flames visible coming from the peak. They arrived probably a minute before us. It appeared to start on the second floor. The original portion of the house apparently was built in the 1800s and with three add-ons (additions) since, it was taxing to get at it (the fire),” Donovan said.

The fire was spotted around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

The chief says there was a “pretty heavy fuel load” in the attic – a large amount of paper and collectibles.

There is heavy smoke and water damage throughout the rest of the house, Donovan added.

In this provided photo, flames shoot from the peak of a home at 2162 Hallecks Road West on Sunday, July 7, 2019. The home was vacant at the time of the fire. (Fire Chief Jim Donovan via Newswatch Group)

There were two pumpers, two rescue units and four tankers on site as well as mutual aid with a tanker and two firefighters from Front of Yonge. There were 34 Elizabethtown-Kitley firefighters on site.

Chief Donovan says the fire was “labour intense” and they had to be cautious to make sure the firefighters weren’t overcome by the heat.

Crews wrapped up just after 2:30 a.m.

Fire prevention officers are on the scene today (Monday) and will be searching for a cause. Donovan says the homeowners had been at the property about two hours before the fire to cut the grass and had left “a couple of lights on here and there” as a crime prevention technique.

“They were actually going to move into it later this fall and hoping to build new in the spring. They were in the midst of cleaning it up and getting is ready,” he said.

Leeds-Grenville EMS was also on sight as a precaution, including checking firefighters for heat exhaustion, something Donovan says it greatly appreciated given the weather.

There were no injuries.

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