House fire damages newly-built Front Road North home

 

By Ron Giofu

A house fire at 744 Front Road North resulted in no injuries but extensive smoke and water damage to the home.

The fire, reported at approximately 7:30 a.m. Thursday, was to a newly-built home that Amherstburg fire officials say the homeowners were supposed to move into that day. Lee Tome, assistant deputy fire chief, said the contractor smelled smoke upon arrival at the home and called the fire department.

Amherstburg firefighters attended a newly built Front Road North home for a fire call Thursday morning. Fire officials say the homeowners were scheduled to move into the home the same day.

Amherstburg firefighters attended a newly built Front Road North home for a fire call Thursday morning. Fire officials say the homeowners were scheduled to move into the home the same day.

Smoke was mainly in the interior of the home and not on the exterior, Tome said. The fire was contained to a living room area on the main floor, he added, and appears to have self-extinguished after apparently “smoldering for many hours.

“It burned part of the floor which hit a water line and that could have extinguished the fire,” said Tome.

The water damage was in the main floor and basement of the home, Tome added.

As of 9 a.m., there was no damage estimate or cause for the fire. Fire crews were starting to pack up and leave the scene, though there were still some traffic restrictions at that hour as the southbound lane of Front Road North had been blocked while the northbound lane was proceeding slowly.

(UPDATE: As of Thursday evening, fire crews had given an estimate of $500,000 damage to the home. The cause is still under investigation, states the fire department.)

(UPDATE 2: The Amherstburg Fire Department stated Friday afternoon that rags used in the staining process self-heated and caused fire and smoke damage.)

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