Fire destroys home near St. Williams

Norfolk County firefighters responded to a house fire near St. Williams on Friday morning. (NORFOLK COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT PHOTO)

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No one was injured in a fire that destroyed a home in Norfolk County in the early hours on Friday.

Norfolk County firefighters were dispatched at shortly after 3 a.m. to a structure fire on Highway 24 West near St.Williams.

The house fire was fully involved when crews arrived at the scene. They began a defensive fire attack operation, spraying water onto the fire from the exterior of the building. This type of operation is used when crews are unable to enter a structure due to safety or other factors.

Norfolk County Fire Prevention Officer Michael Atkins said no one was home at the time of the fire. A dog, tied up in the yard at the time,  escaped injury.

“When crews arrived on scene the entire building was already fully engulfed in flames. The firefighters did a very good job in bringing the fire under control quickly,” Atkins said in a press release. “The good news is that no one was injured. The bad news is that the home was completely destroyed.”

Although the fire was brought under control relatively quickly, firefighters continued to fight hot spots until roughly 6 a.m.

The cause of the fire is undetermined but is not considered suspicious. OPP, Norfolk County Paramedic Services, and Hydro One were all on scene to assist.

Damage is estimated at $200,000. It is unknown if the home or contents were insured.

Norfolk County Fire Department has a booth at the Norfolk County Fair & Horseshow where people can stop by to ask questions and discuss ways to practise fire safety, said Atkins.