Fire de­stroys house in Crys­tal Beach

Tues­day night’s blaze leads to es­ti­mated $150,000 in dam­age

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - LOCAL - RAY SPITERI THE NIAGARA FALLS RE­VIEW Ray Spiteri is a St. Catharines-based re­porter for the Niagara Falls Re­view. Reach him via email: ray­mond.spiteri@ni­a­garadailie­s.com

Fire has de­stroyed a house in Crys­tal Beach, caus­ing an es­ti­mated $150,000 in dam­age, says Fire Chief Ed Me­lan­son.

Me­lan­son said the Fort Erie Fire Depart­ment re­ceived mul­ti­ple calls about a struc­ture fire at a home on West­wood Av­enue at around 11 p.m. Tues­day.

He said a re­port came in that the home­owner had ex­ited the sin­gle-de­tached, cot­tage-style house with her two dogs.

“When we ar­rived, the en­tire front third of the house was en­gulfed in flame, in­clud­ing a pick-up truck out front of the house,” said Me­lan­son.

“Be­cause we had a re­port with every­body out­side, we were able to con­cen­trate on the ex­te­rior and the ex­po­sures. There was no dam­age to any­thing else.”

He said fire crews did “an amaz­ing job” to quickly knock down the fire us­ing high-vol­ume wa­ter, adding no­body sus­tained any in­juries.

Me­lan­son said the cause of the fire is be­ing deemed ac­ci­den­tal.

“If I was to put out a mes­sage (it would be) that it’s im­por­tant that we don’t leave can­dles unat­tended,” he said, adding he be­lieves that was the cause of the fire, but it’s not con­clu­sive.

“Although I don’t be­lieve this was an is­sue at this house, it’s al­ways a good pub­lic-ser­vice mes­sage to make sure that you have work­ing smoke and CO alarms.”

JOSEPH BURD FOR TORSTAR

Fire has de­stroyed a house in Crys­tal Beach, but the home­owner safely es­caped the cot­tage-style house with her two dogs.

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