For the second night in a row, the Amherst Fire Department battled an early morning blaze that heavily damaged an Amherst area home.
Firefighters were called to the two-storey house on Copp Avenue just after 2 a.m. on Sunday, April 19. The call came in about 23 hours after they had fought a fire on Standish Street, which is located on the outskirts of the town in the Municipality of Cumberland.
When they arrived on the scene Sunday morning, they found smoke billowing many metres into the sky from the eaves and roof of the structure. Fire had also damaged a back corner of the building above a door into the home’s basement.
A home on the outskirts of Amherst was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning.
The alarm was turned in just after 3:10 a.m. on April 18.
Firefighters driving to the scene on Standish Street could see a golden glow in the night sky from two kilometres away. When they arrived, they found a one-storey home engulfed in flames that were shooting10 metres into the sky. Dense grey smoke filled with sparks lofted even higher.
Mayor David Kogon has a message for the citizens of the Town of Amherst in his latest COVID-19 update. To view the message, please go to: https://youtu.be/Z5K-842Sfwk
The extreme uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has led the Town of Amherst to adjust its staffing requirements.
“We have been analyzing staffing requirements in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and I have concluded, based on the recommendations of the senior management team, that this staffing adjustment is necessary,” CAO Greg Herrett said on April 9, 2020.
“I regret having to take these actions. However, they are necessary at this time.”