Damage caused by Simcoe County Museum fire estimated at $50,000



Damage caused by Simcoe County Museum fire estimated at $50,000 (Ontario, Canada)

37 Springwater firefighters responded to the call  by: BarrieToday Staff

Springwater fire crews try to get at a stubborn fire in the wall and roof of the Simcoe County Museum on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Kevin Lamb for BarrieToday.
At approximately 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018, Springwater Fire and Emergency Services responded to reports of a working structure fire at the Simcoe County Museum on Highway 26 in Minesing.

Two stations were dispatched with a third quickly added, resulting in 37 Springwater firefighters and 13 fire apparatus responding to the call. Upon arrival, firefighters found smoke rising from the roof of the museum.

Prior to their arrival, museum staff had managed to quickly and safely evacuate everyone from the building. Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to detect a fire located in the walls and ceiling of the building.

Crews were able to breach the roof and knock down the fire within approximately 40 minutes. Firefighters worked with museum staff to preserve the exhibits located in the Living and Working Gallery.

“Firefighters did a fantastic job, working quickly to gain control of the fire,” says Deputy Fire Chief Jeff French. “Their efforts ensured that there was minimal damage to the building and artifacts located within.”

The cause of the fire was deemed accidental as a result of ongoing construction activity. Damage is estimated at approximately $50,000.

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