Structure Fire Port Colborne Causes $75,000 – $100,000 Damage

Port Colborne Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Oakwood Street today. The call came in around 12:30 pm.

When fire crews arrived there was heavy smoke in the garage and fire was breaking through the eaves above the garage door. The fire extended into the attic space of the attached house. Fire fighters started with an initial attack through the garage to cut the fire off from spreading through the house. They entered the front door to attack the fire that had spread to the attic. The fire was knocked down in about 30 minutes and crews were wrapping up around 2:30 pm.

While fighting this fire, crews were called to one of the boats docked along the canal for winter work for fire alarms going off. The call turned out to be false.

The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time. Damage is estimated to be between $75,000 – $100,000. There were no working smoke detectors in the home and the property owner will be charged.

“The 15 firefighters who were on scene did a good job in attacking the fire,” said Fire Chief Tom Cartwight.

“This is very discouraging. This is a risk to our firefighters. Make sure you have working smoke detectors, or you will be charged,” stated Cartwight.

As the large sign in front of the fire station reads “Never think it can’t happen to you!”