ARTHUR – Tragedy struck a family here this on Feb. 10 as two of their beloved pets, one dog and one cat, perished in a fire that destroyed their home on the 5th Line.
Arthur and Mount Forest fire stations received a 911 call at 8:50 a.m. on Feb. 10 for a reported house on fire, and arrived to find the home fully engulfed with lots of heavy smoke.
Wellington North fire chief Dave Guilbault told Metroland Media that everyone was out of the home when the fire occurred.
“Everyone was either at work or at school,” he said. “Unfortunately one cat and one dog perished… I can’t stress enough how much this saddens our firefighters. Pets are a cherished member of the family, and we wanted to save them, but it was just too dangerous to send anyone in there to attempt a rescue.”
Wellington North Fire Service was assisted by a tanker truck from Grand Valley and a tanker truck and pumper truck from Fergus in fighting the blaze.
Guilbault reported that there were no physical injuries to any firefighters or the homeowners, and that the department’s chaplain and victim services were on scene to assist the family. Guilbault also gave credit to the family’s neighbour for her assistance that day.
“The neighbour was excellent in assisting us,” said Guilbault. “She opened her doors to the family, gave them a warm place to be during this time, feeding them a hot meal and allowing them to be as comfortable as they could be.”
Guilbault said that the cause of the fire is undetermined.
“There was just too much damage for us to be able to go in and determine a cause,” he said. “There is no way for us to pin-point it.”
Guilbault estimates that damage is between $250,000 to $300,000.