Porch catches fire on Vimy Ave. home in Cornwall

Cornwall firefighters were called to this home on Vimy Ave. on May 21, 2015 after a back porch caught fire. There were no injuries but there was minor smoke damage to the home and structural damage to the porch. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Residents in a home on Vimy Avenue jumped into action after an enclosed porch on their home caught fire Thursday afternoon, filling the house with smoke.

Firefighters were called to 78 Vimy Avenue – just north of Sydney and Eleventh – around 1:45 p.m.

“I was sitting in the living room and I saw smoke filling up in the kitchen…and then when we came outside, right in the corner of the building, there was smoke coming out of the building, resident Kizzy Farrell told Cornwall Newswatch.

“So we just took the hose, we watered it down and we called the fire department. When the fire department came and when they went into the corner, there was flames coming out already,” Farrell said.

She says they were preparing for a weekend yard sale and the nearby shed was full of boxes and a standup freezer but it appears that none of it was damaged.

A firefighter shoots water inside the enclosed porch of this home on Vimy Ave. on May 21, 2015. The platoon chief credits the quick actions of the residents for stopping a potentially bigger disaster. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)
A firefighter shoots water inside the enclosed porch of this home on Vimy Ave. on May 21, 2015. The platoon chief credits the quick actions of the residents for stopping a potentially bigger disaster. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

Cornwall Fire Department Platoon Chief Pierre Baril says the fire was contained to the enclosed porch area at the back of the house. He credits the quick action of the homeowners.

“There is little damage. Obviously, a quick call to the fire department really allowed us to get here in quick and fast manner and the guys were able…to get the fire out,” Baril said.

Baril says the house did suffer some minor smoke damage.

There were no injuries.

The fire prevention office is investigating to determine the cause.

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