Bedroom fire in Fourth Street home

Smoke billows from a bedroom window of a Fourth Street East home on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. Cornwall firefighters were able to contain the fire to the bedroom but the house has extensive water damage. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – A home on Fourth Street East in Cornwall has extensive water damage and fire damage to one room after a fire this morning (Tuesday).

Cornwall firefighters, police and EMS were called around 8:45 a.m. to a two-storey house at 434 Fourth Street East.

Platoon Chief John Irwin told Cornwall Newswatch the bedroom was “fully involved” when they arrived and flames had already shot out the window, catching the soffit and eaves on fire.

“The soffit definitely, we had some extension into that, but that would have been from the fire burning outside the window when we got here, it had already broke through,” Irwin said.

Irwin said they had to open up the soffit and attic with saws to make sure the fire didn’t spread.

The platoon chief credits a quick fire attack with water and foam for keeping it contained to one room. “You work hard in the first 20 minutes and that saves you two hours of work later. The guys worked hard to get it (out),” he said.

Irwin said they had an initial report that someone may have been inside but a search of the building turned up no one and it’s believed there were no pets in the building.

There were no injuries.

Cornwall-SDG Paramedic Services was also on scene as a precaution while the Cornwall Police Service was controlling traffic as well as the scene.

The fire prevention office is investigating the cause of the fire, which is undetermined at this point.

A section of Fourth Street East from Gloucester Street North to Marlborough Street was closed for the fire but has opened to one lane of traffic as of 11:15 a.m.

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