HALFWAY RIVER – A popular maple season stopping place here was destroyed by fire Saturday night.
The Parrsboro Fire Department was called to a “fully involved” structure fire at Davison’s Pancake House at 9:26 p.m.
“We were there in 15 minutes from the time the call came in, and the kitchen was fully involved,” said Parrsboro Fire Chief Randy Mosher. “For about five minutes we thought we could contain it to the kitchen, then it burned through something inside and flashed over, and from there on in it was matter of doing our best to contain it to one building, because there was not even 15 feet to the next one.”
The multiple layers of roof construction, with heavy timber roof framing and squared-off log construction presented problems with attacking the fire, according to the chief, along with the poor visibility due to the dark night.
The Southampton Volunteer Fire Department was called in for mutual aid support, and stayed on the scene until 2:30 a.m. The FPW Fire Brigade in Port Greville was initially called for additional water support, but was later called off when an adequate water supply was co-ordinated from a pond at the scene.
The Parrsboro firefighters stayed on the scene until 6 a.m. on Sunday, but was called back at 9 a.m. when the fire in the roof flared back up again.
“We had to cut another piece of roof off and peel some more tin back to get some more of those logs out,” said Mosher.
The last worker had left the pancake house at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to Mosher, who said initial examinations showed probable origin of the fire to be the electrical panel in the building’s kitchen.
In the end, the shell of the building was left standing, but is not salvageable, according to the chief. The fire was prevented from spreading to other buildings, but for some melted vinyl on the adjacent barn.