A member practices with the Bouchie Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Practices are held Thursday evenings at the fire hall at 7:30 p.m. (Bouchie Lake Volunteer Fire Department/Facebook)

A member practices with the Bouchie Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Practices are held Thursday evenings at the fire hall at 7:30 p.m. (Bouchie Lake Volunteer Fire Department/Facebook)

Shop fire’s ripple effect for Bouchie Lake VFD

Bouchie Lake Volunteer Fire Department (BLVFD) rushed to the scene of an early Monday morning fire. They found a shop structure on Gunner Road fully engulfed when they arrived.

“It burned for a while unnoticed, as it was on a rural road,” said BLVFD chief Jeff Lefebvre. “The shop was completely gone when we arrived. It had melted the siding on the side of the house, burned the seat of an open-cab tractor, and melted the bumper off of a minivan.”

Nine firefighters and four apparatuses attended the call. They were on-scene for about an hour mopping up the blaze.

“We got the call around 7 a.m. and we had a quick response, but roads were very icy,” said Lefebvre.

This is the second shop in recent weeks to be destroyed by fire in the BLVFD catchment area. The department also had to contend with one just before Christmas that featured acetylene welding bottles and firearm ammunition exploding during the firefighting effort. This shop had no such hazards, Lefebvre said.

“Had the tractor gone up, it would have extended to the house, but the siding just melted because of the heat. The shop was far enough from the house it would have been ok.”

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