On Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, a four-alarm fire destroyed a vacant four-story mill on the Cornwall, Ontario, waterfront. The four-story building, part of Canada Cotton Mills, was constructed in the early 1900s of heavy timber and brick. The roof was covered with asphalt roofing. Each of the...
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The fire was declared under control at 8:10 P.M. on Oct. 12, 48 hours after the initial alarm. Forty-two firefighters operated three pumpers and two aerials at the scene. Firefighters used 985 feet of four-inch supply line, 328 feet of 2½-inch hose and 787 feet of 1½-inch attack line. Ten million gallons of water was used to extinguish the fire. One firefighter suffered minor injuries. Due to the fact that the building was vacant and scheduled for demolition, no investigation was conducted into fire cause and determination by the fire department; however, Cornwall Police proceeded with their investigation.
Manager of Emergency Services Myles Cassidy put forward a cautionary note to all fire departments: “Let’s be diligent of keeping a watchful eye on vacant structures” and the importance of a fully functioning sprinkler system operating.
On a personal note for our brother firefighters in the United States, the weekend that this incident occurred is the Canadian Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend. Incident Commander Captain Dana Emerton-Proulx, Manager of Emergency Services Myles Cassidy and Deputy Fire Chief Rob Hickley would like to express their heartfelt thank you to the initial-arriving crew of 1A Platoon and to all the members of the Cornwall Fire Department who left their families and friends during their Thanksgiving dinners to attend this major incident.