Lumber Yard Fire Knocks Power Out Across Pembroke

Pembroke remained in the dark late Wednesday night after a large fire at a lumber yard on Boundary Road knocked out a main electricity line that feeds the city from Hydro One’s grid, with electricity not expected to be restored until daybreak because of the extent of the damage and unsafe conditions at the site.

The fire was reported just before 8:30 p.m. at Lavern Heideman & Sons Lumber on Boundary Road, which is right beside the KI Pembroke property.

A shift of workers was on the property at the time but there have been no reports of any injuries.

Flames were shooting into the sky and a large glow could be seen from across parts of the south and east ends of the city.

Initially, the power line damage left not only Pembroke, but parts of Laurentian Valley, without electricity.

Hydro One had begun to restore service to its customers outside of Pembroke by 10:30 p.m. by rerouting its own electricity supply.

But Ottawa River Power Corporation, which provides the power supply to Pembroke, shared a message on its Facebook account advising that it could be 8 to 10 hours before service is restored to the city.

The company says its crews have been waiting until it is safe enough to access the site and repair the lines that feed the city.

"Crews are about to begin repairs on the line outside of the active fire zone. Additional repairs are required in the area that is currently still considered unsafe. ETR is approximately 8-10hrs", reads a Twitter update posted by Ottawa River Power just before 11:30 p.m.

Fire crews were still on scene as midnight approached.

Pembroke Fire Department officials were not immediately available for an update, as it was “all hands on deck” at the scene.

Follow Ottawa River Power Corporation on Facebook and Twitter overnight for updates on the power restoration.