Fire consumes Amherst building Seven fire departments fight blaze

Fire overnight Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, destroyed much of a century-old building in downtown Amherst that contained two businesses, despite the efforts of 105 firefighters from seven different departments. Here are some of the images from the fight.

The fire alarm was turned in shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from the eaves and lower doors.
Fire departments from Amherst, Springhill, Sackville, N.B., Leicester, Pointe de Bute, N.B., River Hebert and Trumanville responded to the alarm.
The U-shaped building, bounded by Crescent Avenue, Douglas Avenue, Abbot Street and Station Street, housed two businesses - Easy Storage and James Austin Sales.
Three aerial trucks, from Amherst, Springhill and Sackville, poured thousands of litres of water on the fire.
The fire threw sparks into the air.
Firefighters used a defensive attack from the outside, staying out of the building for their safety.
The battle went through the night.
The heat was intense.
An excavator was brought in to help firefighters access the fire at about 3 a.m.
The excavator and firefighters were still there at 8 a.m.

The Town of Amherst would like to thank its firefighters, as well as those from Sackville, N.B., Springhill, Leicester, Pointe de Bute, N.B., River Hebert and Truemanville, for their excellent work.


Tom McCoag / Town of Amherst