Amherstburg firefighters contend with three fires last week

 

Amherstburg firefighters confer after putting out a fire at a St. Arnaud St. home Sept. 16.

Amherstburg firefighters confer after putting out a fire at a St. Arnaud St. home Sept. 16.

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Fire Department was busy last week with three fires to contend with.

Two fires were Sunday evening with firefighters contending with a fire on Concession 6 North near Texas Road while the other fire was at Meadows by the Lake restaurant on County Roads 50 and 41.

Deputy Fire Chief Jim Ouellette stated roughly $400,000 damage occurred at the Meadows while $80,000 is the damage estimate in the Concession 6 North home.

“To get two working fires simultaneously is unheard of,” said Ouellette. “To get back-to-back calls within five minutes just doesn’t happen.”

The fire at the Meadows was contained in an upstairs apartment. It also got into the attic, which proved to be problematic at first for firefighters, due to a lot of items stored in the attic.

Ouellette said the fire was under control in roughly one hour though fire crews from stations one, three and an Essex station were on hand for a total of three hours. Ouellette added there was water and smoke damage as well with the restaurant sustaining “heavy” water damage.

“The cause is undetermined at this time,” said Ouellette.

One firefighter suffered a strained back and was treated on scene by Essex-Windsor EMS.

Station two responded to the call on Concession 6 North. Firefighters arrived to find flames coming out of windows and were on scene for approximately two hours.  Ouellette said it appears to have started from a baseboard heater in a bedroom. No injuries were reported.

The Amherstburg Fire Department is estimating the damage from a Sept. 16 fire at a St. Arnaud St. home to be between $30-40,000.

Amherstburg firefighters, police and Essex-Windsor EMS were dispatched to 264 St. Arnaud St. shortly after 11 a.m. last Tuesday.

Deputy Fire Chief Jim Ouellette said it appears the fire started in the basement of the home.

“It looked like it started around the hot water heater,” said Ouellette.

It appears something fell near the water heater and managed to ignite, he believed.

While there was a lot of smoke damage to the home, Ouellette said there wasn’t a lot of fire or water damage. There were no injuries and the fire is being classified as accidental.

Homeowner Doreen Hurst said she had stepped out for around 15-20 minutes and neighbours called 911 when they saw the smoke. She said she was glad the home wasn’t badly burned but “disappointed” by the damage that was caused. She estimated shortly after firefighters left the scene that she could be out of the home for two months.

Hurst said she had just placed the home for sale the previous week after having lived there for 44 years.

“Your house is like your baby,” she said.

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