(Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services)

A house fire in Ridgetown has caused $175,000 damage.

Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services officials say the cause is undetermined after the blaze broke out on Thursday at 10:52 p.m. at 132 Main Street West.

“Fire Crews from Station 11 arrived on scene to find flames showing from an attached garage on Main Street, Ridgetown,” fire officials said in a media release.

“Crews quickly deployed multiple hand lines to attach the blaze and prevent spreading to the front of the residents. Fire crews were challenged by high winds fueling the fire until it was extinguished at 1:39 a.m.”

Fire officials say the homeowner escaped without injury.

“Chatham-Kent Fire reminds residents that Smoke alarms save lives,” fire officials say.

“Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.”

Chatham-Kent Police Service officials said in a media release that an unoccupied vehicle ignited causing extensive damage to an attached garage and residence.

“The fire was not deemed suspicious,” police officials say.