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Power restored in Pembroke after lumber yard fire causes major outage Wednesday

First responders were called to the blaze at the Lavern Heideman and Sons lumber yard on Boundary Road in Pembroke at around 8 p.m. on Wednesday night, OPP say.
First responders were called to the blaze at the Lavern Heideman and Sons lumber yard on Boundary Road in Pembroke at around 8 p.m. on Wednesday night, OPP say. Shawn McFarlane / Twitter

Hydro crews say power has been restored to Pembroke residents after a massive lumber yard fire on Wednesday night damaged a main hydro line supplying electricity to most of the city.

First responders, including the Pembroke Fire Department, were called to the blaze at the Lavern Heideman and Sons lumber yard on Boundary Road at around 8 p.m., according to a news release from Ontario Provincial Police.

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OPP said the cause of the fire is still unknown and the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office has taken over the investigation of the incident.

No injuries have been reported and employees working at the time of the fire safely evacuated the site, according to the news release.

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By Thursday morning, both Hydro One and the Ottawa River Power Corporation reported that crews had restored power to all those affected by the major outage in Pembroke, located approximately 150 kilometres northwest of Ottawa.

Renfrew County Paramedic Chief Michael Nolan tweeted that local paramedics worked through the night supporting residents affected by the power outage.

Firefighters were still putting out hot spots early on Thursday morning, OPP Const. Shawn Peever said.

A section of Boundary Road near the lumber yard, between Paul Martin Drive and Bennett Street, was closed to traffic as firefighters tackled the blaze. Peever said Boundary Road reopened late on Thursday morning.

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