Fire tears through back of Eighth Street home

Dark smoke billows from the eaves of this two-storey home on Eighth Street East on Feb. 2, 2015. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – A quick moving fire was caused extensive damage to the back of a home, several blocks east of the Rotary Traffic Circle.

Ten Cornwall firefighters and four fire trucks were called to the two-storey home at 129 Eighth Street West (near York Street) around 11:30 a.m. Monday morning.

One woman, who was home at the time, was able to escape uninjured after calling 911.

Firefighters dragged hoses through the front door of the home while others were using pike poles and axes to yank vinyl siding off the back of the dwelling.

They had the fire out within a half hour.

Fire Chief Richard McCullough says most of the damage to the home was on the outside.

“The inside of the house didn’t receive much damage so most of it’s to the exterior. Naturally, some of the wall will have to be replaced and definitely all of the siding at the rear of the house,” McCullough told Cornwall Newswatch.

Firefighters use pike poles to pull siding off the back of this home on Eighth Street East after a fire on Feb. 2, 2015. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)
Firefighters use pike poles to pull siding off the back of this home on Eighth Street East after a fire on Feb. 2, 2015. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

Cornwall Electric came to the scene shortly after to cut power to the building.

The cause is undetermined though Chief McCullough says it appears it started somewhere near the ground level and quickly climbed the back of the home into the eaves.

The Cornwall fire prevention office is investigating.

McCullough believes the house will be turned over to the owner by the end of the day.

The owner did have home insurance, said McCullough.

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