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9-February, 2018 THE QUODDY TIDES Page 33 Two Grand Manan homes destroyed by fire in January by Arlene Benham Fires have claimed two Grand Manan homes in January, a loss for the communi- ty that Fire Chief Phillip Brown says is "hard to swallow." On January 26 firefighters were called at 6:40 a.m. to Woodwards Cove. The house was full of smoke when they ar- rived, and by the time they were able to get in it was fully involved. Brown says it was "a tough fu:e for us." They were un- able to get to the seat of the fire, which is believed to have started in the basement. No one was injured, but one cat was killed and two are still missing. On the morning of January 14 a house in North Head was also destroyed. Brown says, "Everyone got out." He adds that the department was lucky fishermen members were ashore both days. Three members were in the ferry compound on January 26 waiting to go away and were able to get out to go to the fire. It's a difficult time of year for firefight- ers. Brown says the cold temperatures made keeping the water flowing "an up- hill battle." Their gloves froze solid. Re- placements were donated by C.R. Lobsters. "We had great support," Brown says. The department is grateful for the donation and-for the people who brought coffee and food on both days. "The island supports us very well," he says. The department numbers 32 volun- teers. "They're a pretty good bunch," Brown says. The causes of both fires are still under investigation. Reward offered to solve hit-and.run Crime Stoppers and the West District RCMP, Grand Manan detachment, are looking for the person and vehicle respon- sible for a hit-and-run with a pedestrian in Grand Manan. On July 2,2017, at approximately 11:50 p.m the Grand Manan RCMP were called to investigate a complaint of a hit-and-run near civic number 2112 on Route 776 in Deep Cove. The victim, a 17-year-old girl, was struck by a vehicle while walking on the right side of the highway. She suffered minor injuries. It is believed the suspect vehicle was a pickup truck with a brake light over the rear window. Police are ask- ing the public for information that may help solve this case. Anyone .with information concerning this hit-and-run can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-8477, texting "TIP212" and a mes- sage to 274637 or visiting the website . Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for this crime. ON THE SCENE OF A photo) FIRE in Woodwards Cove on January 26 are members of the Grand Manan Fire Department. (Arlene Benham THREE ISLANDS sociation and divers using sonar and GPS to locate the leak, which turned out to be 400 meters off the coast of Campobello toward Deer Island. Belliveau says, "So- nar is able to detect changes in the ocean bottom; they are so precise they can find fish. Our team actually was able to in- crease the nitrogen pressure and on a calm day on a boat were able to see bubbles at the surface after having passed over the cable area with sonar. A remote-controlled underwater vehicle with a camera fol- lowed the cable and found the precise area where bubbles were coming out of the pipe." He notes that 78% of the air people breathe is nitrogen and says there is "no threat to wildlife, sea life, fishing activities or the public," but the leak was reported as required to both federal and provincial de- partments of the environment. Grand Manan Mayor Dennis Greene was in "constant touch" with NB Power and says it took 100,000 litres of diesel at a cost of $100,000 per day to run the is- land generator. This amounts to four truckloads per day frorr the mainland; Greene says he wasn't initially too con- cerned about the arrangement until resi- dents ,began asking what might happen if the ferry couldn't run. Someone pointed out that the island was "dependent on three diesel engines," two on the ferry plus the generating station. Greene says the is- land's agreement with NB Power has been that there would always be backup power for Grand Manan; however, the generating station is the backup, and it has been sug- gested "we need a backup for the backup." After assessing the situation, Belliveau says NB Power decided "to re-energize the cable, as an undersea operation to re- pair the cable casing [using a sleeve] is not warranted at this time. The amount of nitrogen gas exiting the cable casing is minimal and harmless." The work was originally scheduled for January 31 but was postponed until February 1 because an insulator on the transmission line had to be replaced. He says they don't antici- pate further trouble. Although it "took a while to get off on the right foot" in his conversations with NB Power representatives, Greene says they had good communication and he was RELY ON BACKUP POWER (from page 1) kept updated. He says there would be five will be "rated higher than the existing to days of reserve fuel if the ferry didn't run, allow for the potential addition of future but he would like to have other alterna- renewable energy projects." No decision tives. They have discussed the possibility regarding the removal of the old cable has of getting power from Maine through been made, as NB Power is assessing op- Campobello or providing another genera- tions. An environmental impact determi- tor for the islands. He thinks that in the nation is expected this spring. The future "we will meet with [NB Power] timeline includes a six- to eight-month and pursue other options that we think are manufacturing time, with land-based work in the best interest of Grand Manan."" scheduled to start this year, cable installa- The undersea cable is scheduled tO be tion in the summer of 2019 and service replaced, and BeUiveau says at least this beginning that fall. Now, Belliveau says, breach had good timing since they are in NB Power will work toward fmishing the the planning and regulatory approval pro- project sooner. Greene is hopeful for the cess; open houses were held on Grand coming summer, but Belliveau notes a re- Manan and Campobello in September. NB vised timeline will depend on regulatory Power's website states that the new cables approval. 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