I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to both stations of the Mississippi Mills Fire Department for their quick and professional response to the devastating fire in Almonte last night. I also wish to thank the Ocean Wave Fire Company from Carleton Place, the Beckwith Fire Department and the Lanark Highlands Fire Service for their support, as well as the Lanark OPP and the Lanark County Paramedic Service for their assistance.

First responders provide service that is essential for the safety of our community and residents. Since the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting the public has become an even more dangerous job. Your response to the many calls this spring and your quick action at last night’s fire provides confidence and assurance to the community that they continue to be in good hands.

On behalf of the Municipality of Mississippi Mills, I thank each of you for your continued and dedicated service. We are fortunate that to have friends and neighbours in our community and beyond who are always ready to answer the call in times of need. Thank you for your continued service.

It took approximately four hours last night to bring the Malcolm Street fire under control.  Damage is expected to exceed $750,000 and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Anyone with information related to this fire is asked to contact the police.  Although three homes have been destroyed, we are grateful there were no injuries as a result of the fire.

For anyone wishing to help those affected by the Malcolm Street fire, please consider a donation to the MMTogether Community Fund through Carebridge Community Support. If you would like to help,  go to their website (www.carebridge.ca) and click on “Donate Today” to make a donation online or receive instructions on how to donate by mail.    Please leave a note in the comment section with “Fire” so your donations are allocated appropriately.  Tax receipts are available, and all money collected will go directly to those affected by last night’s fire.

Sincerely,

Mayor Christa Lowry
Municipality of Mississippi Mills