Fire destroys South Glengarry summer home

A South Glengarry firefighter inspects the roof while flames lick out from underneath the eaves of this summer home in South Lancaster on Nov 25, 2014. The building has extensive damage. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

SOUTH LANCASTER – A house here, described as a summer home, has been severely damaged by fire.

South Glengarry firefighters from the Williamstown and Lancaster stations were called to the home at 20449-20453 Lakeview Street around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday night.

The house, which was a single-storey structure without a basement, is one of three houses on a shared driveway on the north side of the street, next to the St. Lawrence River.

Up to 40 firefighters and six trucks were on the scene until 11 p.m. battling the blaze.

South Glengarry Fire Chief Vic Leroux tells Cornwall Newswatch it’s believed to have started in the kitchen.

“It started out in the kitchen, there’s electrical panels in the area, basically it just travelled from there and a neighbour saw the flames coming out of the window,” Leroux told Cornwall Newswatch.

There were no injuries and there were no pets in the building, said Leroux.

The homeowners, the women being consoled by a firefighter and the man watching the fire, had house insurance. The summer home on Lakeview St. in South Lancaster caught fire Nov 25, 2014. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)
The homeowners, the women being consoled by a firefighter and the man watching the fire, had house insurance. The summer home on Lakeview St. in South Lancaster caught fire Nov 25, 2014. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

The homeowners – a middle aged couple – showed up about an hour after the fire started and the woman could be seen being consoled by firefighters and neighbours.

Leroux said the homeowners had insurance and the building was going to be turned over to them later in the evening.

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