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NEWS RELEASE · 25th April 2012
Terrace RCMP
At approximately 9:30 AM this morning, April 25, Terrace RCMP were called to a house fire on Old Remo Road.

BC Ambulance, BC Hydro, and the Ministry of Forestry also attended. The house was located out of the fire protection zone, so Terrace / Thornhill Fire and Rescue did not attend.

Police arrived to find the house fully engulfed in flames. The 57 yr old man and his 16 yr old daughter escaped the house without injury.

The man then was able to make a boundary around the house with a piece of machinery, to prevent the fire from spreading. It appears the fire started on the roof, and is not suspicious in nature. The house was completely destroyed.
Comment by James Ippel on 2nd May 2012
Many years ago the community of New Remo, with the help of the Regional District got fire protection. This meant an increase in taxes, but also a great reduction in Insurance Premiums (initially).
Co operation with the City of Terrace, and the Thornhill Volunteer Fire Department made this possible. Terrace is the first responder, and Thornill immediately follows up.
When this plan first came into effect my Insurance Premiums were halved, and my taxes increased, but no where near the recduction in premiums. Since then, the Insurance companies have found reason after reason(excuse after excuse) to raise premiums to former levels, without consideration being given that fire equipment has been upgraded.
Boundries are put in place for a reason. The volunteer fire departments must carry liability insurance, and again, the Insurance companies set the boundries as to how far they can travel from their home base.
To Terry, and the Terrace Daily, hold the Insurance companies accountable. Contact your elected members, have them lobby for changes in the Insurance Act. Maybe this will have them do something productive instead of engaging in the mindless Bullsh!t you see in Question Period.
fire protection
Comment by billbraam on 30th April 2012
Fire protection is resident motivated. If enough property owners in any given area want fire protection they can arrange for it. Tax increases to cover fire protection are a hinderence. One only needs to harvest information from past newspapers such as available through digital archives at the Terrace Library to realize the process some areas went through to get protection. Thank you.
Volunteer Fire Dep't.
Comment by Walter Fricke on 29th April 2012
The residents could do what Thornhill did decades ago. They could create their own rural fire department.
Ridiculous boundary
Comment by Terry on 27th April 2012
I can still remember firemen standing on street corners soliciting money to be sent to the USA the richest country in the world after 911 . aren't they generous .
Ridiculous boundary positions
Comment by Terrace Daily on 27th April 2012
Considering the Old Remo Road dead ends only a short distance past the arbitrary boundary, this is an abhorant result of a ridiculous insurance stipulation.

There are not so many fires that both Old and New Remo cannot be covered. There are so few people and so much fire protection capability, with so little need, this is tragic beyond any common sense.

What ever happened to real men, real leadership, real compassion. Are we all so whipped by the corporate world who make these stupid rules up?
fire department not allowed
Comment by billbraam on 26th April 2012
I don't speak for any agency but quite simply fire departments are not allowed outside of their boundries. As tragic as that is that is the rule that must be followed.
fire in Old Remo
Comment by Kaye Ehses on 25th April 2012
Shame shame shame on the fire departments and 911. A sixteen year old girl calls for help and they tell her no one will come as your house is burning . Incidently she is in a wheelchair. Why bother with 911 if no one can come?
If that's the house
Comment by Stacey Tyers on 25th April 2012
I think it is. This family has already suffered a lot. This is horrible :(