Passing NRPS officer alerts occupants of structure fire

Welland Fire Department logoThree occupants of a Welland duplex were awoken early Saturday morning Aug. 4/2018 by a passing Niagara Regional Police officer who had spotted that their residence was on fire.

Welland fire responded at 5:45 a.m. to the South Pelham Rd. duplex, three adults in their 50s had been evacuated safely.

They had been living in one apartment of the duplex, the other apartment was vacant.

“The origin was exterior,” Welland Fire and Emergency Services deputy chief Adam Eckhart told Erie Media. “The fire spread into the vacant apartment, there was heavy fire growth in the vacant suite before detection .”

“There were no smoke alarms in the vacant apartment,” he said “So, they had no warning.”

He estimated the damage at $250,000 and said the fire is being ruled accidental.

“Red Cross has been called in to help the occupants,” Eckhart said.

Eckhart reminds people to have working smoke alarms installed in common hallways as well as outside sleeping areas.

“Anyone who is concerned should contact their local fire department,” he said.