Fire at Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre

( Jan 5, 2018 - Kingston, ON ) Firefighters from Greater Napanee Emergency Services fought a large structure fire on Highway 2 between Napanee and Deseronto on the afternoon of Friday, January 5th. The Deseronto Fire Department and Stone Mills Fire Department also rendered mutual aid at the scene, and Lennox & Addington County Paramedics were at standby on scene.
The fire, which began some time around 11 a.m., was in a barn on the property of the Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre. The barn, which was regularly occupied by animals, was completely destroyed. Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre has now  confirmed that a rabbit and a pig perished in the fire. All other animals are safe and accounted for. Most of the hay in the barn has been destroyed and the Centre will be accepting hay donations from the community once an alternate storage site has been determined. In the meantime, monetary donations can be made here: . The overall dollar value of the loss has not been confirmed, and it has not yetbeen determined whether any portion of the loss will be covered by an insurance claim.

Highway 2 remained closed in the area until shortly before 6 p.m. Detours were set up at Oliver Side Road as well as Slash Road. The roadway has since reopened. A cause for the fire has not been determined yet, and the investigation continues.