Careless smoking is to blame for a structure fire in Thamesville on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.
Firefighters from Station 8 – Thamesville and Station 7 – Chatham South responded to 8 Victoria Street at 10:25 a.m. for a working fire in a lower apartment unit.
“Upon arrival, flames were scene coming from front windows and doors,” fire officials said in a press release.
“The crews performed a quick knockdown of the fire containing the fire to the primary unit. Firefighters conducted searches of the other units in the building and checked for fire extension, nothing was found. All tenets were able to escape without injury. The property owner was assessed on scene for minor smoke inhalation.”
Damage is being pegged at $100,000.
“Fire Inspector Sproule attended the scene to investigate and determined the cause and origin of the fire was careless smoking material near combustibles which was on the mattress,” fire officials say.
Fire officials have also released an educational message as a result.
“Protect your family from fire and carbon monoxide by having working smoke alarms on every level of your home and working CO alarms outside all sleeping areas (if your home has any fuel burning appliances, a fireplace, or an attached garage),” fire officials say.