3 fire departments douse shed, farmer’s field fire in Errington

3 fire departments douse shed, farmer’s field fire in Errington
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File photo of the Errington fire hall.

Errington, Parksville and Coombs fire crews were called to extinguish a fire that started in a shed then spread to a farmer’s field on Friday.

George Klemm, Errington Volunteer Fire Department’s deputy chief, says the call came in at 10:49 a.m. for a structure fire on Braddock Road. The shed, which was storing farm equipment, was down past the buildings and farmers field, so it was a challenge to get to but then “fairly easy” to deal with once they got there.

“Building was a two storey wood structure,” Klemm said. “It was a total loss, and it’s the time of year where things are really dry, so it did not help matters at all. Because the building is so dry, it doesn’t take long. When we received the call, it was already very visible.”

Klemm says the fire spread to the farmer’s field and burned about half an acre. The hay had already been removed from the field, so only grass burned, but the farm equipment stored in the shed was lost.

“The crews did a really good job on initial knockdown,” Klemm said. “We also had crews from Parksville and Coombs there as well, I’d like to thank them for their time as well. Everybody helped out there, and that made a huge difference.”

There were no fire hydrants in the area, so all the water crews used had to be brought in.

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