Fire chief: ‘We lost everything’ in firehouse blaze

FireRescue1 Staff

MILLVILLE, New Brunswick — A fire destroyed a firehouse, town council chambers and firefighting equipment in a New Brunswick village Monday.

CBC News reported that volunteer firefighters from several nearby departments responding to the blaze. Fire Chief Justin McGuigan estimates the damage will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

It took crews an hour to get the fire under control. Foul play has not been ruled out, according to the report.

"We have no idea [what caused the fire],” Millville Mayor Bev Forbes said. “The building was fully involved in flames when the department arrived, it was so hot that they couldn’t even get the trucks out or anything.”

The fire department lost two fire trucks, an all-terrain vehicle and all of the firefighting equipment.

One truck, which was stationed in Nackawic after being loaned out last week, was saved from the blaze, according to the report. No injuries were reported.

"The boys never got a pair of gloves, they never got a helmet, they lost everything,” Woodstock Fire Chief Ricky Nicholson said. “The Millville Fire Department and the municipality of Millville have lost everything.”

Fire officials met to determine a temporary location for the fire department, which will be set up at the nearby Department of Transportation facility.

"The main concern that we have now is with the fire trucks, in October and November, when it starts getting cold, we have find a place to keep them inside," Mayor Forbes said. "Right now, we can keep them outside with the weather."

The fire department is working with the government to speed up the process of ordering new equipment, officials said.

The fire comes one week after a blaze at the Nackawic Town Hall and fire department that damaged three fire trucks and the building. The fire started after a man drove a vehicle into the building.

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