Portland firehall destroyed in blaze

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A fire destroyed Portland's firehall and all its contents Tuesday afternoon, including fire vehicles.

No one was injured in the incident.

Rideau Lakes Township officials said the fire broke out at approximately 4 p.m., and the three-bay facility, known as the Portland Fire Station No. 2 located on Colborne Street, was fully engulfed shortly after smoke was reported.

"The hall and all its contents were destroyed," said Rideau Lakes Fire Chief, Scott Granahan, in a prepared statement.

As a result of the blaze the hall, all of its contents, including fire vehicles were destroyed.

He said that the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Town officials have confirmed that no injuries have been reported. Granahan could not be reached for direct comment.

Township officials said Rideau Lakes firefighters from the Delta, Elgin and Westport stations extinguished the blaze, with help from firefighters from Smiths Falls.

The Leeds and the Thousand Islands Fire Department and the South Frontenac Fire Department provided station coverage.

The Rideau Lakes Fire Department will put in place contingency measures in the coming days to ensure continuation of fire and rescue services in the area despite the loss of the station, officials added.

"While a significant loss for the community, we are thankful no one was injured in the fire," said Rideau Lakes Mayor Arie Hoogenboom, in a prepared statement.

"I extend my appreciation to our firefighters and our neighbouring departments for their professionalism and support."

According to the release, the township will have insurance coverage for the loss.

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(Jessica Munro is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)

Jessica Munro, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times

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