/Fire ravages home in Hunter Creek Estates
Members of the Minden Hills fire department respond to a blaze at a home in Hunter Creek Estates, just south of Minden, at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 26. The occupant of the home was not there at the time of the fire. /Photo by Larry O’Connor

Fire ravages home in Hunter Creek Estates

By Chad Ingram

Fire destroyed a mobile home in Hunter Creek Estates south of Minden on the morning of Friday, Feb. 26, with no one hurt in the blaze.

The Minden Hills fire department got the call at 5:18 a.m., with the first truck on site 11 minutes later. Fire chief Nelson Johnson told the Times firefighters arrived to find “a working fire with flames and heavy smoke showing, and the fire was self-ventilated.”

The mobile home was under repairs at the time, with renovations being done to its interior, and the resident was not home at the time of the fire.
“The fire was noticed by the neighbour and a Minden Hills township staff member on their way to work,” Johnson wrote in an email.

Eleven firefighters with one engine, two water haulers, a rescue vehicle and command vehicle attended the scene, along with county EMS. The fire was out by 8:30 a,m., with salvage operations commencing after that. There were no injuries to members of the public or of the department.

“I would like to thank them for their hard work and dedication to the community,” Johnson wrote. “Their performance and skill during this incident allowed a rapid knockdown of the fire and control of the situation. Our new deputy fire chief Shain Duda was in command and performed exceptionally at the scene and controlled the site for a safe and organized control of the incident.”