KWIC restores service after fire impacts transmitter
Wireless internet service has been restored to customers in east Norfolk following a disruption lasting several days.
Monday’s catastrophic fire at a hog operation east of Renton Monday knocked out a KWIC Internet transmitter on top of a tall silo.
The wireless transmitter provides high-speed internet to about 100 customers in the area. No other telecommunications provider uses this location.
“We were fortunate that our equipment on the silo was not damaged,” Kent Rapley, owner of KWIC Internet in Simcoe, said Thursday.
The equipment was unharmed. However, the fire destroyed the electrical service that powered the equipment. It has since been repaired.
The alarm was called into Haldimand firefighters around 1 a.m. Monday. An estimated 4,000 hogs at various stages of development perished. Total damage is estimated at $4.5 million.
The fire occurred on the north side of Highway 3 between the Woodhouse East Quarter Line and the Keith Richardson Parkway.
KWIC restored wireless internet to its customers in the affected zone late Thursday morning.