House fire on Hoople Avenue

Smoke billows from a house in the 200 block of Hoople Avenue in Cornwall, Ont. on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. The house has extensive smoke damage. No one was home at the time. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – A house on Hoople Avenue has extensive smoke damage after a fire Sunday night.

Cornwall Fire Services was called around 5:50 p.m. after neighbours spotted smoke coming from under the eaves of the single family home on the west side of Hoople Avenue near Leonard Avenue.

In an interview with Cornwall Newswatch, Platoon Chief Jeff Lauzon says the building was full of smoke when they arrived.

“We applied an interior attack, fast attack, and quickly found the scene of the fire,” Lauzon says, noting the point of origin appears to be the kitchen. “It looks like that’s where the heaviest charring is,” but an investigation will determine the actual cause.

A Cornwall firefighter (not shown) smashes out a window on an upper floor of a Hoople Avenue home on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021 as the crew works to clear smoke from the building. No one was home at the time. It’s believed the fire started in the kitchen. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

Lauzon was told by neighbours it’s a new owner who wasn’t home at the time.

“We’ve done two searches and haven’t found anybody inside. It’s a pretty small house but a lot of the doors were open so it spread – a lot of smoke damage through the home,” he says.

“It looked like it was under renovations. Like I said, he’s a new homeowner, probably doing some renovations. (There was) not a lot of furniture which is kind of a good thing as far as contents but definitely smoke throughout the building,” Lauzon says.

Fire Chief Jeff Weber was expected to attend the site and officials were working to find the homeowner.

A section of Hoople Avenue from Second Street West to Leonard Avenue was closed to traffic as firefighters worked at the scene.

Cornwall-SDG Paramedic Services was also on scene as a precaution.