BY TERRY BRIDGE
LISTOWEL BANNER STAFF
LISTOWEL – A Listowel family escaped their home early Tuesday morning shortly before a fire started, thanks to working smoke detectors.
The North Perth Fire Department received a call at 4:31 a.m. on Aug. 21 regarding a fire in a house on Elma Street West in Listowel.
“We received (a call) as fire to a single-family dwelling,” explained North Perth fire chief Ed Smith. “We arrived on scene at 4:39, and then our other two stations were dispatched to that location also.”
A mother and two sons were in the home at the time. There were no injuries to the family or firefighters.
“They had escaped by themselves thanks to a working smoke alarm,” Smith said.
The Atwood station was dispatched for support at 4:35 a.m. The Monkton crew was initially held on standby at the Atwood station, then they were dispatched to the scene at 5:24 a.m.
At the peak of the blaze, 42 firefighters were at the location.
By 7:30 a.m. there were no visible flames, just sparse amounts of smoke protruding from the second level of the building.
The house, located near the PUC building, suffered extensive damage.
“The second level received a fair bit of fire damage as well as the main level received a lot of smoke and water damage,” Smith said. “The cause is currently under investigation by our office here and the office of the Fire Marshall.”
Smith said no timeline was available regarding the investigation.
The Listowel station left the scene at 11:36 a.m.
It was an early morning for the North Perth Fire Department, but overall the summer of 2012 hasn’t been overly busy for the local crew.
“Not too bad, we’ve had our share of calls but nothing out of the ordinary,” Smith said.