A family homestead near Williamstown dating back to 1888 lost in fire

A family homestead near Williamstown dating back to 1888 lost in fire
By Todd Hambleton
Cornwall Standard-Freeholder
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<p>South Glengarry Fire Services firefighters on the scene at a family homestead on County Road 19 completely destroyed by fire on Monday, January 29, 2018, near Williamstown, Ont. </p><p>Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network

A beautiful 130-year-old home on the Carry On Farms property just southwest of Williamstown was completely destroyed by fire on Monday morning.

Nobody was hurt in the fire, with the call coming into South Glengarry Fire Services at approximately 8:30 a.m.

“It was fully engulfed when we got here,” said Martin Lang, the acting fire chief. “There was nobody in the home (when the fire occurred), so that’s a good thing.”

The two-story house was the original family homestead at Cyndy and Tony Vogel’s farm, built in 1888.

“All the old furniture, all of the family heirlooms, that’s in there,” Tony Vogel said early on Monday afternoon.

Vogel said it’s his son’s home, Jamie Vogel, 30, who was away early on Monday morning, in Ottawa for hip replacement surgery.

“If (the fire had happened) tomorrow or tomorrow night, he wouldn’t have made it out, he wouldn’t be mobile (because of the surgery),” Tony Vogel said, speaking in the newer home not far from the one that was lost.

Tony Vogel said a cat and dog were also out of the house when the fire occurred.

Four South Glengarry Fire Services stations responded to the blaze, Lang said, with four tankers, two pumpers and about 30 firefighters at the scene. Well into the afternoon, a handful of firefighters were still on the property, amidst the ashes and rubble.

“We’ll be here most of the day, to (battle any) hot spots,” Lang said.

While firefighters couldn’t prevent the destruction of the homestead, they were able to contain the blaze to the one structure on a property that has several buildings – including the newer home – not far away.

Lang said the cause of the fire will be under investigation.

Carry On Farms is located on County Road 19.

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