Fire damage on Lemay Street contained to one unit: CAHC

A Cornwall firefighter's flashlight reflects off a soot-covered bedroom window Monday, July 18, 2016 after a fire in a child's closet at a townhouse on Lemay Street in Cornwall, Ont. Two people in the unit were able to escape uninjured. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – The head of Cornwall social housing says it will be looking after structural damage to a townhouse unit on Lemay Street after a fire Monday night.

A mother and her seven-year-old son were able to escape unharmed after a fire in the child’s bedroom closet of Unit 7 at 550 Lemay Street (New Johnstown Court).

“It was just the one unit. (There was a) bit of water in the basement as a result of the firefighting efforts in the other unit but that was cleaned up last night so that (neighbouring) unit is fine,” said Peggy Fulton, general manager of the Cornwall and Area Housing Corporation.

All tenants with the housing corporation are required to have their own insurance to cover contents and valuables and accommodation, Fulton explained.

“As far as accommodation goes (for the tenant), that’s between the tenant and their insurance company,” she said.

CAHC has to take care of some damage to the closet in the bedroom of the one unit where the fire started.

A fire prevention investigator from the Cornwall Fire Department was expected to be on scene today, looking for a cause.

A call to the fire department was not immediately returned.