Fire at ‘The Glen’ January 1958

Fire at ‘The Glen’ January 1958


January 1958

Fire which broke out in a bedroom at “The Glen,” home of Lt. Col. John R. Cameron about five o’clock on Sunday afternoon caused considerable damage, most of which was attributable to water and smoke. A fine residence which most readers of the Gazette in distant places will remember as the home of the late Archie Rosamond and Mrs. Rosamond, was purchased some two years ago by Lt.-Col. Cameron of Ottawa. At that time it was owned by the estate of the late Ray O’Neill.

The fire, of undetermined origin was in an upstairs bedroom of the large house. The fire brigade responded promptly, but by the time it got there the flames had made such headway that there was no recourse for the fire chief, Durward Washburn, but to turn on water to save the fine structure. As the fire chief said afterwards most of the damage would be caused by smoke and water but there was no other way of dealing with the situation.

The firemen have received great credit for their usual promptness and for the fact that with the help of neighbors and others not members of the brigade much valuable and perishable items such as crystal, were moved out and back in with no damage. The firemen and others had no trouble quenching the blaze but they” spent a good deal of time trying to reduce the damage done by water.

Shavings and sawdust were used and finally a heat-wagon used by contractors to dry plaster and cement in cold weather/w as utilized to dry out the interior. This was loaned by Mr. Norman T. Sadler, a local contractor. While only one wing of the residence was very much affected by the fire, smoke and water damage the effects cannot be minimized. As usual neighbors and friends of the family which had this unfortunate visitation rallied around and did all they could not only during the fire but afterward.

Elm Glen Almonte

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