DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The township's fire department will be extending its coverage area temporarily following a fire at the Mount Albert fire hall on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 2.
Uxbridge Fire Chief Scott Richardson addressed the situation at council's meeting on the morning of Monday, Feb. 2, and discussed changes in services in parts of the municipality covered by the neighbouring department in Mount Albert.
The fire, which began at approximately 8:15 a.m., left the station completely destroyed, resulting in the loss of several vehicles and all equipment on-site. No injuries were reported in the blaze, which was brought under control at around 1 p.m. on Sunday.
As part of an agreement between Uxbridge Township and the Town of East Gwillimbury, fire protection services in Zephyr, and other areas of northwest Uxbridge Township are provided by the East Gwillimbury Fire and Emergency Services, based in Mount Albert.
"Uxbridge will now assume responsibility for any residence in that area," said Chief Richardson. "Hopefully East Gwillimbury is back up and running shortly. And in the meantime, response times in that area will be extended because of the distance covered."
Chief Richardson added that offers of assistance from other departments - including Uxbridge - have come pouring into Mount Albert in the wake of the fire, and East Gwillimbury is trying to locate a temporary building to house its fire department.
Affected residents will be notified when East Gwillimbury Fire and Emergency Dervices resumes fire protection coverage in the area of northwest Uxbridge Township.
Uxbridge Fire Service is reminding all residents to test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are working properly, and replace defective alarms and detectors immediately. Under Ontario law, failure to provide functioning smoke alarms on all levels of your home could result in the owner being fined $235 per alarm.
In addition, according to an Uxbridge Fire Department press release, all families should have and practice their home escape plan.
Any further questions can be answered by the Uxbridge Fire Department at 905-852-3393.
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