Jeff Heuchert Gazette staff
The Stratford Fire Department is reminding parents to keep matches and lighters out of sight and reach of young children after a fire Thursday that temporarily displaced a family of three.
The fire, in an upper-floor bedroom closest of a townhouse on Athlone Crescent, caused approximately $70,000 in damage – $30,000 to contents and $40,00 to the building.
A mother and her two young children, as well as the family dog and hamster, were all unharmed.
A 911 call from the mother was received at about 4:50 p.m. The family was waiting outside when firefighters arrived.
Deputy fire chief Michael Gornyiczki said the cause of the fire was accidental, and credited the quick thinking homeowner, who had working smoke alarms installed, for helping isolate the flames before firefighters arrived.
“When she noticed the fire she closed that bedroom door. That helped contain the fire into that room as opposed to travelling out down the hallway and through the rest of the unit.”
There was no smoke or water damage to the adjoining units, Gornyiczki added.
Victim Services was called to assist the family make temporary arrangements.