Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services responded to two fires last weekend, one in Thamesville and the other in Blenheim.
Detached carport blaze in Thamesville
Firefighters responded to 11954 Longwoods Road in Thamesville on February 1 at 2:41 p.m.
Fire officials say two vehicles were on fire in a detached carport.
“Firefighters from Station 8 – Thamesville responded to 11954 Longwoods Road for two vehicles on fire in a detached garage,” fire officials said in a media release.
“The owner of the property was unable to start is vehicle due to the cold and was attempting to warm / charge the vehicle. By the time the fire department arrived both vehicles were well involved. Crews battled cold temperatures extinguishing the two vehicles and carport.”
Fire officials say the cause has been ruled accidental and an estimated $80,000 damage was caused.
House fire in Blenheim
Firefighters responded to 11068 Front Line in Blenheim on February 1 at 5:34 p.m. for a house fire.
“The homeowner called 911 to report a fire in an interior wall of his home,” fire officials said in a media release.
“He was attempting to thaw frozen pipes with a portable electric heater and handheld heat gun. On arrival fire crews confirmed that the fire was contained to wall and quickly extinguished any remaining fire.”
Fire officials added: “Extended periods of cold temperatures can present many challenges, Chatham-Kent Fire Emergency Services asks that you use extreme caution when attempting to thaw frozen pipes. If unsure how to do it safely, then contact a qualified contractor.”
The cause of the blaze has been ruled accidental and an estimated $20,000 damage was caused.