Fourth fire in Bury stokes community concerns

By Gordon Lambie

There was another fire in Bury on Sunday night, this time at the canteen building in Memorial Park along the village’s Main Street. This marks the fourth fire in the small community since May 18, and the third since last Thursday, raising concerns in the community about the likelihood of arson.
Sûreté du Québec (SQ) spokesperson Aurelie Guindon said that like the three previous fires, there is no known cause for the Sunday night fire yet. All four fires remain under investigation, with no further information available at this time.
Bury Fire Chief Edward Jacklin told The Record that the most recent fire got started around 10:15 p.m. Although the structure of the canteen was not completely destroyed, Jacklin said that it will have to be rebuilt to be functional.
On Monday afternoon Bury Mayor Walter Dougherty said that so far the only people who have reached out to him about the fires were reporters. He went on to say, however, that he had noticed people around town taking steps like parking their cars in neighbours’ driveways to help empty houses look full.
“So far it’s just been abandoned places,” the mayor said.
Dougherty said that he expected to hear more about the situation from the community at Monday’s council meeting, if only from the other members of the municipal council.
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