(BLENHEIM, ON) – Firefighters were called to a barn fire at 9170 Old Street Line, in Blenheim, before noon on February 8. Crews from station No. 18 in Blenheim and No. 14 in Erieau were called out at 11:07am after employees at the pig farm noticed flames coming from the roof of the structure.
Workers were able to put the fire out by using an extinguisher and firefighters doused hotspots after cutting away parts of the roof.
Damage to the barn is estimated at $20,000. The quick response by the employees and firefighters prevented the loss of any animals. One worker was treated on scene for smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire was ruled accidental by CKFES fire prevention investigators.
Another fire deemed accidental occurred on February 12. Crews from stations No. 1 and No. 2 in Chatham responded to an electrical fire, at an apartment at 140 Park Avenue East, around 10am, where a 3rd floor fire was quickly extinguished before it had a chance to spread to other units.
“Reminder to anyone living in an apartment building to never ignore the fire alarm,” said CKFES public educator Whitney Burk. “If there is a fire in your unit, get out and close the door behind you.”
One person was treated by EMS at the scene for smoke inhalation.