Fire destroys Tow Hill Road building housing popular bakery

  • Mar. 12, 2010 5:00 p.m.

Eleven firefighters from the Masset Volunteer Fire Department were unable to save the building on Tow Hill Road known as the Whalebone Museum and Moon over Naikoon Bakery. They were called at 5:15 pm Wednesday (March 10), and told the building, which contained an apartment on the second floor, was engulfed by flames. “By the time we arrived, the only think we could do was contain the fire,” Ryan Fillmore, Masset’s fire chief told the Observer. The fire was shooting 25 feet above the two story house and scorching nearby trees,” Mr. Fillmore said, “we are talking about a fully involved fire.” Weather conditions were poor at the time, with snow followed by rain, then more snow, and lots of wind. “It wasn’t very friendly,” Mr. Fillmore said. No one was injured in the fire, and the house was unoccupied at the time it started. There’s not much left of the building, the walls have collapsed into the centre and everything burnable is gone, leaving little but charred rubble. The fire’s cause is likely to remain a mystery, as the building was not insured and neither the owner nor the village of Masset are likely to pay for an investigator to come here and check it out, according to Mr. Fillmore. Some firefighters remained on the scene until 2:30 am Thursday, but many returned to Masset before 10 pm, to ensure the village was covered for fire protection. It’s the biggest blaze the Masset fire department has responded to in about four years