Fire destroys cabin in George’s Lake

Diane Crocker
Published on February 28, 2014
A cabin at the end of Beaver Pond Road in George's Lake was destroyed by fire Thursday night.
Fred Sheppard photo

A cabin valued at more than $500,000 was destroyed by fire in George’s Lake on Thursday night.

Cpl. Steve Henley of Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s Bay St. George Detachment said the fire was reported at 9:10 p.m.

When members arrived on the scene at the end of Beaver Pond Road they found “the building completely engulfed.”

Henley said the building was unoccupied at the time and police have contacted the owner who is currently out of the province.

He said Newfoundland Power and the Corner Brook Fire Department also responded to the scene.

Fire chief Neville Wheaton said the fire call was received at the fire station at 9:21 p.m. and two trucks were dispatched to the area some 30 kilometres from the city.

“From what we discovered when we got there, the fire was burning quite a bit before we were contacted,” said Wheaton. “And the building was actually totally destroyed when we arrived.”

Wheaton said that left very little for his firefighters to do.

“There was no danger to any of the surrounding cabins at the time,” he said. Had there been then firefighters would have moved to protect the exposures.

Wheaton said in this case the other buildings were quite a distance away. “So there was no danger.”

The city firefighters remained on the scene for a short time and were back at the station by 11:35 p.m.

Meanwhile, Henley said the investigation into the fire is ongoing. He said an RCMP guard remained at the scene overnight and a fire investigator has been assigned to the file.