An estimated $120,000 damage was caused after a Monday night, August 12, blaze in Wallaceburg.
Firefighters responded to a blaze at 1123 Elgin Street at 11:35 p.m.
“Fire crews from Station #3 Wallaceburg, Station #2 Chatham and Wallaceburg volunteers responded to a reported residential structure fire,” fire officials said in a media release.
“Firefighters arrived on scene to a fully engulfed structure fire with hydro wires down across the street. The crews quickly brought the fire under control while Entegrus secured the downed power lines.”
Fire officials added: “The family was outside the home when crews arrived on scene and said they were alerted by (working) smoke alarms. This is the second house fire in the last four days where working alarms have alerted families to get out safely.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
“CKFES prevention division is on scene,” fire officials stated.
A neighbouring home was exposed to the blaze, which included some melted siding and approximately $5,000 in damage.
Fire officials say Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services offers free CHiRP Home Safety Checks.
“Firefighters will come to your home check your alarms and chat about fire safety with you and your family,” fire officials say.
“To request a CHiRP Check call 519-360-1998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Firefighters will be returning to the area in Wallaceburg to conduct an After the Fire – Reassurance Campaign.
“While visiting residents, crews will check alarms, discuss fire safety planning and answer questions,” fire officials said.
“Chatham-Kent Fire reminds residents that smoke alarms save lives. 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.”
Here are some photos provided by Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services: