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BARBECUE BLAMED FOR BERTHA STREET HOUSE FIRE
The backyard deck and exterior wall of a house at the corner of Bertha Street and Caroline Street in Vankleek Hill is a mess thanks to a fire that started when an outdoor barbecue flamed out of control on April 18. No one was hurt but the couple who lived in the premises now need a temporary home until they can get their original one repaired. —photo Gregg Chamberlain
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flame jumped to the back side of the house. The fire department received a call about the house fire at 6 p.m., and a crew of 21, along with the pumper truck and the rescue van, responded. Firefighters had the fire extinguished by 9 p.m., and then remained on site for another hour doing clean-up on any remaining hot spots. /PPOFXBTIVSUBTBSFTVMUPGUIFàSF At press time there was a request for help finding temporary accommodations for the couple until they are able to return to their own home. Anyone who knows of a furnished house or suite available can phone Mireille at 613-632-3644. Chief Martin noted that residents who are planning on a spring outdoor barbecue should inspect their setups, including brush- ing a soap-and-water solution along hoses and around valves, to check for any leaks. The same advice applied if a propane tank barbecue is involved.
A driver in a “muscle car” blew out a tire Saturday night while racing along Highway 417 at 271 kilometres an hour. Police collected both the car and driver after his Saturday night run was over. The car went into the police impound yard and the driver lost his licence for seven days and has a future court appointment on a speed racing charge. —supplied photo
A natural gas barbecue got the blame for a house fire that left a Vankleek Hill couple homeless over the April 18 weekend. “Lots of water damage inside,” said Vankleek Hill Fire Chief Michel Martin dur- ing a Monday phone interview regarding the condition of the house at 81 Bertha Street, at the intersection with Caroline Street, in Vankleek Hill after a fire Saturday evening left a couple in their 50s with no home for the weekend. Chief Martin stated that a natural gas- fuelled barbecue was the cause of the fire. He was not certain at the time whether there was a leak in one of the feeder lines or some other problem with the barbecue. But, Chief Martin noted, after the barbecue was lit for a backyard cookout that day, the
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run came to a sudden stop. “Rear tire blew seconds later,” tweeted the arresting officer. The car, a Dodge Challenger boasting 707 hp, is now in police impound. The driver had his licence suspended on site for seven days. The driver was also charged under the Highway Traffic Act with driving at excessive speed, also known as “speed racing”, and also with careless driving, and with driving while having cannabis available for use.
A would-be speed demon ended up bringing his own Saturday night speed run to a sudden stop when he blew a tire. OPP officers on patrol on Highway 417 east of Hawkesbury clocked a car going 271 kilometres an hour on the road just a half hour after midnight Saturday on the April 18 weekend. The posted limit is 110 kph. The would-be speed racer’s
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