Official Town Statement
At approximately 8:15 a.m. on February 2, 2014 emergency crews from the Holland Landing and Queensville fire stations responded to a structure fire at the Mount Albert fire station located at 22 Princess Street in Mount Albert.
There are no reported injuries. There is significant loss of property and equipment as there were six fire and support vehicles and equipment housed in the station.
The safety of our residents and businesses is our main priority. Fire Chief Phil Dawson is in ongoing discussions with adjacent services to implement both short term and long term measures to fully restore emergency services to the residents of Mount Albert.
Mayor Virginia Hackson said, “This is a significant loss to our community and to the firefighters of the Mount Albert Fire Station. We are committed to community safety and would like to thank all the first responders who attended this call including York Region Police, EMS and crews from Whitchurch-Stouffville, Georgina, Newmarket, Aurora and our own East Gwillimbury firefighters.”
East Gwillimbury Emergency Services is a composite department with paid on-call volunteer and full-time fire fighters working out of three fire stations the Holland Landing, Queensville and Mount Albert Stations
Firefighters are battling a two-alarm blaze that has gutted a fire station in Mount Albert, Ontario, Canada.
The fire started at about 8 a.m. and quickly engulfed the station, CP24.com reported.
“It’s with sadness we report the total loss of the Mount Albert fire hall to fire. We understand the emotional toll of the loss,” the Central York Professional Firefighters Association said on Twitter.
No injuries were initially reported, but vehicles and equipment were reportedly destroyed. Local residents told CBC News that they heard an explosion around 8 a.m. on Sunday.
CTV News quoted a spokesperson for the Holland Landing Fire Department as saying the station and its equipment were a total loss, with the fire under control at about 1 p.m. The fire claimed six vehicles including a new pumper, CP24 reported.
The Toronto Star reported that the department has three stations, with six full-time and 81 paid on-call volunteers. Following a deadly fire in March of last year that left four people dead, the town authorized hiring six additional full-time firefighters later this year with a total force of 20 by 2017.
— Mark Mitchell (@MarkMitchellACP) February 2, 2014
Fire destroys volunteer fire station in Mount Albert. No injuries. pic.twitter.com/fgIZHmHV7H
— Mike Walker (@mikewalkertv) February 2, 2014
Sad day for mount Albert !! Saying good by to their fire hall pic.twitter.com/KCtYngrNn4
— bambam&tumtum (@thekettfamily) February 2, 2014
Photo: FIRE HALL FIRE: MT Albert Fire Station 2-6 fully involved. (Photo by viewer Braeden Facer) pic.twitter.com/dfO07NL27c
— Tom Podolec CTV News (@TomPodolec) February 2, 2014