Fire destroys landmark home in Madoc

EMC News - Madoc - At lunch time Wednesday, January 19, residents and travellers in the Madoc region witnessed towering billows of dingy black smoke near the junction of Highway #7 and Wellington Streets as emergency vehicles rushed to the scene.

A historic landmark frame home, known regionally as the Le Palm house, situated on the curve of Wellington Street North just south of the highway, caught fire over the lunch hour.

Current owners Joe Sweet and his uncle escaped unharmed. They stood at a distance watching the frame house engulfed with smoke and flame.

Sweet said he and his uncle who lived together at the home, were working in the basement, when Sweet said he smelled something.

"I came upstairs and when I opened the door, the upstairs was filled with smoke."

He said he got the cat out and his uncle, and that was all he had time to do. He said he didn't know for sure but thinks something may have been left on the stove.

Sweet said he wants to thank his neighbours, the Sniderhans, for all their help, and has a new respect for firefighters.

"Katy was amazing," he said. "She came running out of the house in her pajamas with just her boots and carrying a coat, jumped in the car and was back here in no time."

Katy Sniderhan, a junior member of the Centre Hastings fire department, was off school and relaxing, she said. Her mother Wendy Sniderhan was home for lunch. As Katy was headed for the fire station Wendy and her son moved their cars and comforted Joe and his Uncle Wayne.

Wendy, an avid photographer managed a few photos of the onslaught of the fire and of course some photos of young Katy and the team at work.

Sweet said it was amazing to see the young woman go into action. "She was back here in no time in full firefighting gear." Sweet said he managed to throw out the cat so he knew she was safe. The Sniderhans said they would feed it and make a place in their barn.

Sweet and his insurance adjuster were seeking out temporary residence for him and his uncle on Friday. Sweet said he is sincerely grateful to all those who offered immediate help and is hoping to find his cat.

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