Weekend fires strike three homes

Officials continue to sift through the ashes after weekend fires forced six people from three city homes.

City of Kawartha Lakes fire officials remained at 51 McLarens Creek Road in Fenelon Township Monday morning after a blaze broke out at the residence shortly after 7 p.m. the night before.

The fire was one of two in the city Sunday evening that firefighters had to contend with in sub-zero temperatures.

"This fire in particular, it is believed it started in the garage," said assistant deputy fire chief Ron Raymer, as investigators continued to probe the charred remains.

"It got up in the ceiling of the garage and burned back through the walls," he says.

Officials say 29 firefighters from Cameron, Ops, Fenelon, and Baddow battled for about an hour and a half to control the blaze which gutted the home.

Assistant deputy fire chief Raymer says two residents in the home were able to escape uninjured but officials have yet to decide on a cause of the fire or how much damage it caused.

At about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, fire broke out in a two-storey home at 800 Frank Hill Road in Emily Township.

Assistant deputy chief Raymer says no cause has been determined for that blaze either, but two residents in the home at the time were able to flee uninjured.

Officials say about 25 firefighters from number six division, including the Smith/Ennismore fire department, battled the flames which went on to cause an estimated $140,000 in damage to the home.

A third fire erupted shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday.

Twenty-five firefighters from a total of six divisions were called to a chimney fire at a century farm house at 1132 Settlers Road in Ops Township.

Upon arrival fire officials say the fire had already extended from the chimney to the walls and ceiling of the home making it difficult for firefighters to control the blaze.

Deputy Fire Chief Pat Twohey says a man and woman inside the house at the time were awoken by a smoke detector, enabling them to escape the residence without injury.

He says no cause for the fire has been determined.

Officials say the fire eventually destroyed the home, causing an estimated $190,000.


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