Fire in bedroom displaces Belmont Street tenants

Smoke curls out from under the eaves of this duplex on Belmont Street in Cornwall, Ont. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 after a bedroom fire in an upstairs unit. The tenants have been displaced due to extensive damage. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Tenants in a duplex on Belmont Street are going to have to make other living arrangements after a fire in an upstairs bedroom Wednesday afternoon.

Cornwall firefighters and Cornwall-SDG Paramedic Services were called to the building in the 300 block of Belmont around 4:20 p.m.

Smoke was coming from the upstairs windows and through the eaves of the building.

Platoon Chief Andy Van Veen tells Cornwall Newswatch they were able to put out the fire fairly quickly.

“There was pretty extensive damage in that upstairs apartment and water damage throughout the building. They’re (tenants) going to be displaced,” Van Veen said.

He says there were a total of three people in the duplex (two people downstairs, one upstairs) at the time of the fire, who made it out before firefighters arrived.

Cornwall firefighter Chris Lalonde leads a dog from the downstairs unit of a duplex on Belmont Street in Cornwall, Ont. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The dog was among a number of animals rescued from the building after a bedroom fire. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

Several pets were rescued by firefighters.

“All the pets seem to be fine at this point. There are three cats unaccounted for but the dogs are accounted for and they’re healthy and well. The people are well as well,” the platoon chief said.

A fire prevention officer was expected on scene tonight to carry out an investigation and determine a cause.

Cornwall firefighter Claudia Cavan helps firefighter Mike Murray change his tank of compressed air during an apartment fire on Belmont Street in Cornwall, Ont. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The fire caused extensive damage to the building. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)
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