Two calls see Woodstock firefighters help a trapped farm worker and save a home

by | Apr 26, 2024

Structure fire

On Tuesday night, April 23, Woodstock firefighters responded to a structure fire that started on the exterior of a home on Cape Road in Newburg.

“The owner had been working at the back of the home that day, taking off the porch and deck area, cutting it up to have it removed,” said Chief Harold McLellan. “We believe a spark may have caused the fire.”

Firefighters were quick at extinguishing the flames, but the house sustained some fire damage.

“It burnt the whole back wall, up into the attic and down into the basement,” explained McLellan. He noted the occupants were lucky.

“The owner was upstairs watching TV, and his daughter was sleeping. He didn’t notice the fire until he got up to go to the bathroom,” said the chief.

Worker inured

A potato farm worker in Jacksonville was injured on Thursday, April 25, after getting his arm caught in a bin piler. Woodstock firefighters were called to assist Ambulance New Brunswick with extracting the worker from the machine. He was transported to the Upper River Valley Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Woodstock Fire Chief Harold McLellan said they were loading a tractor trailer at the time of the accident.

“It was a cold day, and everybody was wearing gloves and jackets to stay warm, and sometimes that can cause people to have loose hanging clothes,” explained Chief McLellan.

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