Fire on Gelert Road destroys house
By Sue Tiffin
Published Feb. 28, 2019
Fire crews put a water shuttle into action on Feb. 20 when they arrived at the scene of a fire at 1211 Gelert Road to find a fully engulfed house and a lack of water source in a non-hydrant area.
“Our guys had to go a fair distance before they could find some acceptable water,” said Minden Hills fire chief Mike Bekking. “You’ve gotta understand there’s a lot of ice out there so what they look for is a body of water that’s close to a roadway and they’ve got access to, and we prefer flowing water so we don’t have to cut through the ice.”
Fire crews on scene worked to move propane tanks from behind the house, while trucks headed out to establish the closest water source, bringing water back from Kinmount.
“All of that stuff takes time, so that’s basically what we were waiting for there, is to establish some kind of a water source,” said Bekking. “We did get water, it’s just that sometimes it takes a little longer than others because of travel distance.”
There were no human injuries but two cats were reported to have died in the fire, which did not reach to the nearby garage.
The cause of the fire is currently undetermined. Fire crews were on scene until about 8 p.m. putting out hot spots. Seven Minden firefighters and four Dysart firefighters, and members of Haliburton Highlands OPP, EMS and the county roads department attended.