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Fire breaks out at Perfect Mounts

By Joyce Cassin, Northumberland Today

BRIGHTON - Mike Tsimidis left his place of business at 60 Ontario Street in Brighton at about 5:45 p.m. as he does most days. About an hour later, Elaine Chipman of Butler Street and her husband saw smoke coming from the building and placed a call to 9-1-1.

Perfect Mounts, a business that employs between 5 and 10 people, manufactures projector mounts such as those used by the school boards in the classrooms.

The fire appeared to have started in the west wing of the building that was being renovated into an apartment. The east wing was where the offices and plant was located.

"Hopefully the fire doesn't reach the east side of the building where all the expensive equipment is," said Linda Quick, an employee of four years.

Tsimidis said there was nothing dangerous inside other than one propane tank.

Damages were estimated at $300,000. The Ontario Fire Marshall's Office was called to determine the cause, although Fire Chief Lloyd Hutchinson said the fire was not deemed suspicious in nature.

His main concern Monday night was whether the propane tank posed enough of a threat to contact the railways and shut down the trains.

Twenty-six men from both Brighton fire halls were on scene as was the Cramahe Fire Department. At 8:15 p.m., Hutchinson said they were contacting the County Co-ordinator for two more crews. Trent Hills was called in and supplied their command vehicle and a pumper with eight men.

"When we arrived, the building was fully involved inside," said Deputy Chief Harry Tackaberry, adding that it was too early to send anyone inside the building at that time.

There were no injuries reported. The building had been vacated.

The smoke carried from Ontario Street across the residential area north of the tracks past the former town limits where No Frills is located.

Firefighters had the fire under control after about three and a half hours.