FINCH – Fire has destroyed a bungalow just outside Finch, leaving a family to make living arrangements with relatives.
Firefighters were called to the one-storey home with an attached garage at 15208 County Road 43 – within eye shot of the village limits in Finch – at 10:54 a.m. Wednesday.
Finch Fire Chief Steve Tait tells Cornwall Newswatch crews from Crysler, as well as Avonmore under Mutual Aid, were there as well and battled the blaze until 4 p.m.
Tait says one member of Meldrum family – a son – was home at the time.
“I think he was asleep and the smoke alarms alerted him and I think the noise – whatever happened in the garage that started it – I think the sound of the bang woke him up and he got out alright,” Tait said.
Unfortunately, a family dog wasn’t able to escape the burning building.
Tait says a cause has not been determined.
The Ontario Fire Marshal (OFM) was not called in because it didn’t meet their OFM reporting criteria, he explained.
A rumour had been circulating that a smart meter was the culprit and the OFM had been called to investigate.
Tait says, if anyone called the OFM, it might have been the insurance adjuster.
A representative from the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office tells Cornwall Newswatch they had no inquires or requests from North Stormont to investigate a fire.
The O.P.P. was also on scene during yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) fire to direct traffic on County Road 43.