Fire destroys Truro home

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Published on July 15, 2013

Firefighters battle a blaze that overtook a home on Maclean Street early Monday morning. Fire Chief Blois Currie said it appears by the nature of the damage that the fire started on the exterior of the home.

Published on July 15, 2013

Firefighters battle a blaze that overtook a home on Maclean Street early Monday morning. Fire Chief Blois Currie said it appears by the nature of the damage that the fire started on the exterior of the home.

Published on July 15, 2013

Firefighters help Rick Tobin, who has just had knee surgery, into his neighbour’s home after a fire destroyed his home early Monday morning. Tobin and his wife, Deborah, were awakened by their neighbour, Ben Robichaud, who saw flames making their way up the north side of the house at around 7 a.m. 

Published on July 15, 2013

Firefighters battle a blaze that overtook a home on Maclean Street early Monday morning. Fire Chief Blois Currie said it appears by the nature of the damage that the fire started on the exterior of the home.

‘We woulda been goners had it not been for our neighbour’

TRURO – Rick and Deborah Tobin watched tearfully from across MacLean Street as flames engulfed the roof of their home early Monday morning.

The two were woken up at 7 a.m. by their neighbour, Ben Robichaud, who ran inside and up the stairs to help them escape the burning house, which they rent.

“It was was like, ‘go, go, go, go,’” said Tobin as his wife held onto him. “We woulda been goners had it not been for our neighbour.”

Robichaud estimated it only took a couple of minutes before the flames, which were making their way up the north side of the home when he went in, had filled the house with thick smoke.

Robichaud, who lives two doors away from the couple, said he heard a “sizzling sound” when he was having his morning coffee with his wife at about 7 a.m.

“I went to the window and realized the sound was coming from outside,” he said. “I saw flames and went running for their door. The smoke alarm hadn’t gone off yet. I had to run upstairs and get them out.”

Robichaud helped Rick, who had just had knee surgery, make his way down the stairs, and helped the couple gather their two pets, a cat and dog.

After Robichaud got the family to safety he took a garden hose to the neighbour’s house and to the propane tank in the back to ensure the fire didn’t spread before firefighters arrived.

He spent the rest of the morning making phone calls to the family’s children, landlord and Deborah’s place of work. He let the couple take refuge inside his home and asked firefighters to help Rick get access to medication for his knee.

“He’s in a lot of discomfort right now,” said Robichaud.  

“(Firefighters) told me EMT will come to look him over and give him access to his prescription.”

Neighbours gathered outside to watch as about 20 firefighters drowned the blaze, which destroyed the entire north side of the home, and use axes to clear debris from the second floor.

It took more than an hour before the fire was under control.

Firefighters came from Bible Hill and Salmon River to assist the Truro Fire Service.

Truro Fire Chief Blois Currie said it appeared, based on the nature of the damage, that the fire started outside the home.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and is not believed to be suspicious.

 

 

By Randi Beers - Special to the Truro Daily News

Twitter: @TDNRandi

Geographic location: Salmon River

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  • LoveIt
    July 17, 2013 - 21:09

    Love it when people stand back and make jackass comments like Mr. Fire Bug. Firefighters risking it all to save life and property...taking time from work and family to try and help and jackasses like this have nothing better to do with their time then to criticize something they probably can't do themselves. Maybe you should post your address on here so the fire department wont bother to show up to your house if you have a problem. Thanks for all you do Firefighters everywhere. Most of us do appreciate you.

  • fire bug
    July 15, 2013 - 08:26

    not too sure about the fire destroying the house... the fire fighters seem to be doing a great job at it too!