Emergency crews responded to a blaze at 48 Bruce Street in Wallaceburg on Thursday afternoon.

Whitney Burk, community safety officer with Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services, says full-time and volunteer firefighters from Wallaceburg and firefighters from Chatham attended the blaze at 5:18 p.m., with reports of smoke coming out the windows.

“When crews arrived on scene they found thick black smoke pouring from the residence and quickly found the origin of the fire in the kitchen,” Burk said in a press release.

“Their rapid attack prevented the fire from spreading to the rest of the house and although firefighters were able to contain the fire to the kitchen there was extensive heat and smoke damage to the building. No one was home at the time of the fire. The house was equipped with working smoke alarms which were going off when crews arrived on scene.”

An estimated $80,000 damage was caused in the fire, while no property was saved.

Here are some photos from the scene by Dana Haggith:


– Photo credit: Dana Haggith

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