Major Structure Fire At Wood Product Plant In Shelburne, Estimate 1 Million In Damages.
****UPDATE: August 11 2017 – 5:40pm
24 hours later Shelburne and District Fire Department remains at the scene putting out hot spots. They are utilizing heavy equipment to assist the process. Although too early to establish a final dollar value to the loss of the building, equipment and product in this fire; it is expected to be at least $1 million. The Fire Marshal`s office has been in contact with the fire department, and they will not be attending the scene of the fire.There were no injuries in this incident, and although there is significant damage to property, the fire does not appear suspicious or the result of foul play.
Earlier on Thursday, August 10, 2017, Shelburne and District Fire Department and Shelburne Police were called to a fire at a wood product plant on the west end of Shelburne shortly after 5pm today (Thursday August 10). One of the main production buildings on the property was found to be mostly engulfed in flames when emergency crews arrived on scene. Five fire departments are currently battling the still active fire at the time of this press release (8:20pm). Honeywood, Grand Valley, Orangeville, and Dundalk Fire departments are all assisting. Dufferin County Paramedic Service is also standing by at the scene. There are no major injuries reported, however two people, including one fire fighter, were treated at the scene by paramedics. It is too early to confirm the cause the of the fire. The Fire Marshal’s office has been notified. Shelburne Police has initiated an investigation, however this investigation will continue jointly with the Shelburne and District Fire Department and The Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office once the fire has been fully brought under control and extinguished. It is too early to estimate the total value of the damage, however will certainly be very significant.
If anyone has any information in relation to this case or any other matter, they are encouraged to contact the Shelburne Police Service at 519-925-3312 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestopperssdm.com. Media release and photos provided by Shelburne Police Services Media Relations Officer, Sgt. Paul Neumann.
NOTE: Airing on the side of caution, Shelburne Mayor Ken Bennington urges water usage caution at this time even though Shelburne has more than enough water and expresses full confidence and gratitude in Shelburne & District Fire Department and surrounding area fire departments who help during this fire. “Shelburne Fire is on scene at a large structure fire. I have complete trust in our fire service personnel, and I pray for their safe return.
In the meantime, town officials are monitoring the water levels in our water tower due to the amount of water being used to fight the fire.
The Town of Shelburne has a more than adequate water supply, but water conservation is encouraged during this time, ” Mayor Ken Bennington.