Fire destroys home in Palmerston

Damage estimated at $200,000 to $250,000 was caused by a fire that destroyed a residence on Main Street East here on April 6.

Minto Fire Chief Chris Harrow said crews from two stations, with approximately 45 firefighters, responded to a call for a structure fire at around 10:40am.

“There was one female occupant at home at the time,” Harrow stated.  

“She discovered the fire and escaped to the neighbour’s house, where the 911 call was placed.

“She was taken to Palmerston hospital for assessment but was released later that day.”

Firefighters were on the scene until around 4:30pm as excavation equipment was called in to pull down part of the house for safety reasons.

“The fire had burned through the entire structure and had made things unstable,” said Harrow.

While no cause has been determined at this point, Harrow said the fire has been ruled accidental and the property turned over to the owner and their insurance company.