7:30 a.m., June 19)
Avalon fire causes $1.3M damage, destroys four homes
By Fred Sherwin
people have been left homeless after a fire ripped through
a row of townhouses on Melette Crescent in Avalon on Saturday.
crews responded to the multi-alarm blaze at about 4 p.m.
Eye witnesses say the fire started at the rear of one
of the row houses indicating that it was possibly barbecue
related. By the time the first firefighters arrived, high
winds had spread the flames to the two adjoining units.
is the rear view of the four row houses on Melette
Crescent that were destroyed by fire on Saturday.
Photo corset of Scott Stilborn
my vantage point, it looked like it started from outside
and basically just ran up the back of the house and came
in through the windows," neighbour Brad Metz told
the Ottawa Citizen. "Within about 10
minutes, it spread into the two adjacent units. So it
looks like the units at the end are all just charred all
the way through."
a statement released to the media, Ottawa Fire Services
district chief Glen McNeil commended the fire crews for
limiting the damage to six units in total, the four that
were gutted and two that were partially damaged.
fire department was called about a house fire and crews
arrived to find the second unit heavily involved in fire
on the rear of the structure, and its so hot and
humid and there was a pretty good breeze coming this way,
and in those houses fire is easily propagated from one
house to the next, said McNeil. The crews
did a fantastic job under a high heat condition to limit
the damage to what it is."
there was only two reported medical emergency related
to the blaze. One person had to be treated for smoke inhalation
and a firefighter was treated for a cut to his hand.
from the fire could be seen as far away as Hwy. 174. As
firefighters battled the blaze well over 100 people gathered
to watch the action. Among them were a number of residents
who live on the street and couldn't believe that such
an idyllic day had been turned into a nightmare for so
many of their neighbours.
next-door neighbour just had a baby His house is done
so he was freaking out pretty bad," said Emmanuel
Briere, whose own house in the six unit row received minor
damage to its roof and some water damage to the interior.
of the families displaced by the blaze will find temporary
shelter with friends and family Those that have insurance
will have the option of staying in a hotel or a short-term
rental unit until their homes are rebuilt.
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