Chelsea woman burned in devastating house fire

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by admin on September 22, 2016

Chelsea_fireBy Mary Fahey
Update: When this story was published, one of Marineau and Barrette’s dogs was still missing. Both dogs have now been found safe.
One woman has been taken to hospital for burn injuries after a house fire in Chelsea on the evening of Sept. 21. The once-two-story home at 23 Lorette Loop Rd. has been levelled by the blaze.
André Hamelin, chief of the Chelsea Fire Department, said the fire was well underway by the time he arrived.
“The flames were already going through the roof, about 80 per cent of the roof,” said Hamelin. “[The house] is all gone. We didn’t have any chance to fight to try to save the house. It was already gone.”
Brenda Lee Preseault lives across the street from the site of the fire. She said she was driving back from Ottawa with her daughter, Selina, around 4:30 p.m. when they saw the smoke. When they parked in their driveway, Preseault told her daughter to call 911.
When Preseault looked back across the road at the burning house, she saw the woman who lives there coming out from behind the house.
“Both her arms were badly burnt,” she said.  [click to continue…]

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Another historic gem is getting a facelift

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by Ben Bulmer on September 21, 2016

Bob Milling and Lynne Berthiaume stand outside the once grand Meech Lake property the O'Brien House. The couple responsible for the Wakefield Mill's success hope to replicate that achievement with the property's conversion into a boutique hotel. Photo Ben Bulmer

Bob Milling and Lynne Berthiaume stand outside the once grand Meech Lake property the O’Brien House. The couple responsible for the Wakefield Mill’s success hope to replicate that achievement with the property’s conversion into a boutique hotel. Photo Ben Bulmer

The Gatineau Hills couple responsible for the Wakefield Mill’s transformation from a dilapidated relic into a swish hotel and popular tourist attraction are about to do it all again in Chelsea.

Hoping to replicate the success of the Wakefield Mill Hotel and Spa, owners Bob Milling and Lynn Berthiaume are taking on Chelsea’s O’Brien House, turning the 86-year-old derelict property into a boutique hotel.

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Water under the bridge (and the earth)

September 21, 2016

It’s been over a decade in the making, cost $26 million, and will hopefully make Old Chelsea a better place to live. Chelsea’s new water treatment plant officially opened Sept. 19, allowing residents in Old Chelsea to hook up to municipal water and sewage and eradicating the need for septic tanks and wells. “It’s cleaning […]

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Park status coming to a rock near you

September 21, 2016

By Mary Fahey The swimming rock by the Wakefield covered bridge is officially slated to become a public park. Councillor Claude Giroux tabled a resolution at the La Pêche municipal council meeting on Monday evening. That resolution was drawn up after a public consultation regarding the covered bridge was held on Sept. 8 at which […]

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Steam train could be set for permanent display in Wakefield

September 14, 2016

After years of uncertainty regarding the Wakefield Steam Train’s future, the locomotive may finally be coming to rest in Wakefield – never to run the rails of the Gatineau Hills again. The Municipality of La Pêche has pledged $20,000 to help bring the iconic train to Wakefield where it will sit as a permanent fixture […]

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Wakefield’s swimming rocks slated to become public park

September 14, 2016

A proposal to designate the Wakefield swimming rock as a public park is the next step towards combating the partying, drinking, and bridge jumping that has become synonymous with the iconic swimming spot, said La Pêche councillor Claude Giroux. Giroux unveiled the draft proposal at a public meeting held Sept. 8 at Fairbairn House, saying […]

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Body found in cottage

September 7, 2016

By Mary Fahey A body found in Lac-des-Loups during the weekend of Sept. 3 is being treated as a suspicious death, according to local and provincial police.

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Village loses a champion

September 7, 2016

Chris and Shawn Rompré wanted desperately to give their dad one last river trip before his time was up. They didn’t make it.

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Flying high after big win

September 7, 2016

It’s been a long road, but they made it. A team made up of Canada’s best fly fishermen – two of whom are from the Hills – made its way to Mont-Tremblant from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1, and won gold in both individual and team competitions at the 2016 Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships. “Canada’s […]

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Wakefield Covered Bridge popularity poses problems

August 31, 2016

By Nicole McCormick The Wakefield covered bridge was caught in the middle of a social media firestorm last week after a full moon yoga class was held against a backdrop of overtly loud music, disturbing many residents who took to Facebook to voice their dismay. Anybody who’s a part of the Facebook group Wakefield Folks […]

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