Wain­fleet cou­ple es­capes morn­ing blaze

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A Wain­fleet cou­ple suf­fered mi­nor smoke in­hala­tion af­ter es­cap­ing a house fire Fri­day morn­ing, said Wain­fleet Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Deputy Chief Shawn Schut­ten.

“They were as­sessed by (Ni­a­gara) Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices paramedics and were not trans­ported to hos­pi­tal,” said Schut­ten, adding the pair took shel­ter in a neigh­bour’s home across the street from theirs.

He said Wain­fleet vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers were called shortly be­fore 1 a.m. Fri­day for the re­port of a fire in a garage at 10583 Lakeshore Road, east of Quarry Road.

When fire­fight­ers ar­rived on scene of the A-frame home — on the Lake Erie side of Lakeshore — the garage was fully in­volved.

“Soon af­ter, the fire en­croached into the up­per floors. We started off with a de­fen­sive at­tack,” said Schut­ten, adding fire­fight­ers worked to pro­tect two neigh­bour­ing homes.

Both of those homes suf­fered heat dam­age from the blaze and sid­ing on each was melted from the in­tense heat. Schut­ten said Wain­fleet called on mu­tual aid in the form of a tanker truck from Port Col­borne Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices and a tanker truck and man­power from Haldimand Fire Depart­ment.

“We were able to draw wa­ter from the quarry and also a wa­ter sup­ply set up at a hy­drant in Port Col­borne.”

The deputy chief said he, Fire Chief Mor­gan Al­cock and the vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers were on scene un­til 8 a.m.

Fire­fight­ers were called back shortly af­ter 2 p.m. Fri­day as smoke poured from the charred re­mains of the home and put out hot spots, clear­ing from the scene af­ter 4 p.m.

“We don’t have a cause and the On­tario Fire Mar­shal’s Of­fice will not be called in,” said Schut­ten, adding he didn’t have a dol­lar fig­ure on the dam­age. “The house isn’t stand­ing any­more.”


Wain­fleet Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices fire­fight­ers walk down the drive­way of a Lakeshore Road home Fri­day af­ter­noon.

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