I love it when people contact me about information we can add to the stories about Carleton Place and the surrounding area. Yesterday Thomas Echlin left a comment on my WordPress page and a link. Frankly, I was horrified after I read it.
Yes, Basia Bulat, a Toronto folk singer, lip-synched the lyrics to her latest song in 2008, while the Sawyer house burned down.
At about 8 p.m. Sunday night, a crowd gathered across the road from the 1800s-era building to watch a pyrotechnics technician lace the house with gasoline and explosives. Within seconds, the house was fully engulfed in flames, while television cameras filmed the blaze and the actors nearby.
“They were looking for a site and they heard about our place,” explained Ed Weaver, who owns the Herron Mills property with his wife, Debbie.
During the Doors Open Lanark Highlands event, which included the former mill site in Herron Mills, the Weavers opened the door to Anthony Seck of Anthony Seck Productions.
“(The site) fit the video that he wanted to do,” Ed said.
As the house burned, Debbie Weaver, who has lived in Herron Mills for a couple of years, couldn’t hold back tears. She and her husband both agreed that the building was a danger and had to go, but she also admitted earlier in the day that she expected to cry as she watched it burn. Ed said the building was a danger and he and Debbie had problems with people breaking into the building, stealing trim and wainscoting.
Ed said he and Debbie had problems with people breaking into the building, stealing trim and wainscoting.
“My wife kicked two people out of there last week,” he added.
Seck has produced videos for indie artists such as Feist and Broken Social Scene.
Seeing such a large production in Herron Mills, along with three fire trucks from the Middleville fire station to prevent the fire from spreading, brought out a group of local residents to watch the building burn.
In the end a pile of debris that used to be the Sawyer’s house in Herron Mills was still smouldering on Monday morning, hours after the crew on a music-video shoot wrapped up and headed home. And so was the end of the Sawyer house and any memories it held. So much history and it went down while local residents watched the fire burning.