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Fire ravages Shinimicas Volunteer Fire Department

In the evening hours of April 23, 2020 a fire broke out at the Shinimicas Volunteer Fire Department. Twelve Fire Departments were involved in the response, and had the fire under control shortly after 1 a.m., April 24, 2020.

“An important part of the Shinimicas area was lost last night due to this devastating fire. We recognize the importance of this building to the community,” said Joe van Vulpen, district councillor. “The services the fire department provides is a necessity and we will work to ensure fire service is continued in the area.”

The Fire Marshal will be on-site April 24, 2020 to launch an investigation into the origin and extent of the fire. The fire hall was built with a metal clad exterior which contained the fire, but also resulted in the fire spreading quickly and burning at a high heat.

“I have already spoken with Fire Chiefs from Pugwash, Tidnish Bridge and Truemanville and their departments have committed to ensuring fire coverage for the residents of Shinimicas,” stated Mike Carter, Fire Protection Coordinator for the Municipality of Cumberland.

“The response of neighbouring fire departments was exceptional. Their cooperation with the Shinimicas Volunteer Fire Department and dedication to their duties ensured no injuries or fatalities,” commended Municipality of Cumberland Warden, Al Gillis.

The Municipality of Cumberland would like to extend thanks to the following Fire Departments for their response to this event:

Shinimicas Oxford Amherst
Collingwood Southampton Springhill
Joggins Tidnish Bridge Pugwash
Leicester Wallace Truemanville