A fire destroyed a home on Bedford Road Thursday afternoon – the third house fire to break out in the Nelson area in less than a month.
The home was fully in flames when 911 was called a few minutes before 4 p.m.. A mere 15 minutes prior, a neighbour walking by couldn’t see the small cabin was in danger. Nicole LeBlanc Charlwood said there was just a hint of smoke in the air – something not uncommon in Blewett.
The Blewett and Beasley fire departments attended with at least four trucks, said Charlwood, who saw the fire contained by approximately 4:30 p.m.
The renters of the house, which was up for sale, were away at the time of the fire and a house sitter was home when the fire broke out. He was able to safely get out. Michelle Benson is on her way home to assess the damages.
Two cats are missing and Blewett residents are asked to be on the lookout for the pets – one being a black Manx.
Bill and Tammy Lusted lost their home to fire on January 22. Also Blewett residents, their house was on Cazakoff Road. On February 5, Paul and Natasha Edney had their home extensively damaged by fire. They lived on the North Shore.
Charlwood said the community is at a loss to explain the recent tragedies but that emergency responders have been tremendous.
“We’ve all been talking about the response of the volunteer fire departments,” she said. “They’re calm. They all handle us very well. We’re just so lucky to have these volunteers.”