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Kenora, MNRF help respond to Longbow Lake fire

A fire destroyed a home along Highway 17 prompted the Longbow Lake Fire Brigade to call in the Kenora Fire Department and a Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry helicopter for assistance.
MNRF helicopter waterbombing wildland area after it spread from a structural fire (Photo by Tania Cameron)

LONGBOW LAKE — A structural fire destroyed a home along Hilly Lake Road Wednesday evening.

The Longbow Lake Fire Brigade was the first to arrive on-seen, but as the fire spread to a nearby trailer, vehicles, and wildland area, the Kenora Fire Department and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry were called in for mutual aid.

"The radiant heat was breaching into the wildland which would be to the north of the residence,” Kenora Fire Chief David Pratt said.

Both the Kenora Fire Department and ministry resources arrived at approximately 8 p.m. both sources confirmed.  

Ministry fire information officer Alison Bezubiak said one helicopter with a belly tank to responded to water bomb the surrounding area to keep the fire from spreading into the wildland.

Longbow Lake Fire Brigade had a portable pump set up and two tankers working on putting out the structural fire.

Much of the efforts by the Kenora Fire Department were helping lift the steel roof after the building had collapsed so the Longbow Lake Fire Brigade could extinguish the fire, according to Pratt.

Pratt said the fire was out shortly around midnight.

Pratt said that the cause of the fire was a wood-burning stove, which the homeowner told the Longbow Lake fire chief.

“That seems to be the only activity that could have created a hazard that may have ignited the fire,” Pratt said.

There were no reported injuries.

Clint Fleury

About the Author: Clint Fleury

Clint Fleury is a web reporter covering Northwestern Ontario and the Superior North regions.
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