OFM called to Brighton motel fire
OFM called to Brighton motel fire
August 28, 2017
Northumberland Today
Article by: Peter Fisher
 
Firefighters work to extinguish the fire on a number of rooms. 
PETE FISHER PHOTOGRAPHY

Firefighters work to extinguish the fire on a number of rooms. PETE FISHER PHOTOGRAPHY

BRIGHTON - The Ontario Fire Marshal’s office has been called in to investigate a fire that caused extensive damage to the Presqu’ile Beach Motel late Sunday night.
 
Emergency services were called to the motel on Main Street in the west end of Brighton shortly after 11 p.m.
 
Fire Chief Lloyd Hutchinson was the first to arrive on scene and said it was “very intense” with flames coming out the front door and through the roof.
 
“People were being evacuated on both sides of the unit to get them away from the flames,” Hutchinson said.
 
Firefighters arrived quickly and knocked down the flames at the front of the unit, but “we did have a problem with the ceiling,” Hutchinson said. “It had a false ceiling and the fire was going right above the units going through about five or six units before we got it stopped.
 
“It didn’t go from room to room, it basically got up into the attic area and there was no wall up there to stop it so it just travelled right along above it,” the fire chief added while also noting the adjacent rooms were not heavily damaged other than water.
 
The owner of the business first noticed the fire and told his wife to call 9-1-1, then grabbed a fire extinguisher, but the fire was too involved.
 
The unit where the fire is believed to have started was vacant. Seven people living in four other units were displaced because of the damage.
 
The cause of the fire is still undetermined.