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Feed Service now open at temporary location after fire

August 24, 2016   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek
In the early morning hours of August 19, the historic mill on the site of the Alliston Feed Service Ltd. went up in flames.
Suspecting arson, the Nottawasaga OPP investigated while firefighters from Station 1 Alliston, Station 3 Tottenham and the Adjala-Tosorontio Fire Department were on hand to tackle the flames.
By the time crews arrived, the mill on Albert Street, just east of King Street, was fully engulfed in flames with visible flames shooting through the roof. As a precaution, firefighters evacuated neighbouring buildings as they fought to extinguish the fire.
Investigators from the Office of the Fire Marshal were called to determine the cause of the fire, and an active criminal investigation is under way.
The dollar loss for the fire has not been officially announced at this time, but it is estimated at roughly $2.5 million, including inventory.
After the fire, the Dockerty family, owners of Alliston Feed Service, released this statement:
“As you’ve heard by now, Alliston Feed Service had a devastating fire on Friday early morning in which we have basically lost everything. As you can imagine, myself, Sheila, and all of our staff are all in a state of shock. Sheila and I have owned the business since 1995. We recently celebrated our 20th anniversary in September of 2015 with a great outpouring of support from the community and local farmers. The mill began as an elevator in the late 1800s. After a fire in 1917, the elevator was rebuilt on site in 1918 and transformed into a feed mill by the 1960s.  The mill has been an important part of the community for over a century.
“Sometimes in life, there are hiccups or challenges where God can give us the strength to overcome. For us, this is one of those challenges. When you face these challenges, opportunities can arise for you to show strength and resiliency. Right now everyone in the Alliston Feed Service team has the mind set to make something positive from this very sad situation. From the beginning, taking care of customers has been at the forefront of our minds. One of the ways we can do that is to make sure we are up and running as soon as possible.
“Our new location is at 29A Yonge Street in Alliston. All our other contact information has remained the same. We would appreciate it if our customers could please be patient in the first few days at our new retail location as we may not be fully stocked with all our regular merchandise. However, our intention is to have all the same products and services as at our previous location. Soon we will also have even more products in our new space. We would love if you can visit our new location this week and come and say hi.
“We would personally like to thank everyone who has reached out to us with their condolences and heartfelt support. There is no way we can individually thank everyone who has helped us through this tragedy, but please know we are truly thankful. Your support does not go unnoticed. Honestly, we don’t think we could thank everyone who has done something for us without falling to pieces. We would also like to thank the local fire departments for their hard work during the fire and their ability to control the fire from spreading to nearby buildings. Most importantly, we would like to thank our staff with whom Sheila and I wouldn’t be able to survive without. Their immediate support from the morning of the fire to the present has been beyond incredible.”
In addition to manufacturing a complete line of bulk and bagged feeds, Alliston Feed Service also provides nutritional advice and feeding programs for all animal species.
The business also carries human food too, made by local manufacturers including Sheldon Creek Dairy Products, Wellesely Apple Products, Breedon’s Maple Syrup, Alliston Creamery Butter, Creekside Farm Honey, k2 Milling flours, and Homestead Farm free-run eggs.
Anyone with information on the cause of the fire is being asked to contact the Nottawasaga OPP Crime Unit at 1-800-222-8477 or the Crime Stoppers website at


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