GLEN WALTER – An HVAC contractor has lost some pricy equipment and tools after a storage shed fire near here.
South Glengarry firefighters were called to 18695 Paragon Road around 3:35 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
Black smoke poured from a storage shed at the back of the property, which could be seen several kilometers away, even by the owner.
“I was dealing with customers and…coming from town I see all this black smoke and I thought ‘What is that?’ and I thought the guy was burning stuff down in the forest there,” Jim Gordon told Cornwall Newswatch as be pointed to the south side of Paragon Road.
“And then I come down the road a little farther and I see all the cars,” the owner of JG Refrigeration Services said.
“It was full of equipment – some new stuff and old stuff too – piping,” Gordon said. He says there were a number of window AC units as well as an air conditioning unit from the seaway building which he was trying to sell. He estimates it’s worth $10,000.
“At least I don’t have to do the grass there for a while…or weed the garden next to the house,” he said jokingly.
The flames did not reach the main house but two firefighters were perched on the roof as a precaution.
Gordon has no idea what may have started the fire and says he wasn’t in the storage shed for at least a couple months. The out building didn’t have electricity.
Gordon says he did have insurance.
A backhoe was brought in to tear down the remainder of the shed and firefighters were still on scene at 4:30 p.m. putting out hot spots.