Welland firefighters battle two house fires in one day

Welland Fire and Emergency Services firefighters had a busy Tuesday (Dec. 27), fighting two house fires – 15 hours apart – in the Rose City.

Welland Deputy Fire Chief Adam Eckhart said firefighters, Niagara Regional Police and Niagara EMS paramedics were first called to 272 Niagara St. at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday when a neighbour smelled smoke in the area.

That neighbour found the source of the smoke, heard smoke alarms going off inside the home, and called 911.

When firefighters arrived on scene, the home was found to be secure, but smoke was visible through each window and appeared to be banked down to the floor, the deputy chief said in an email.

He said crews has to cautious entering as a result of the smoke.

A primary search of the home confirmed that it was unoccupied at the time, and it took 35 firefighters, with six fire vehicles, to get the stubborn fire under control.

Elkhart said there was extensive damage to the structure and contents
The cause of that fire is still being investigated, but is believed to be accidental in nature.

The second fire saw emergency crews head to 522 Wright St. at 7:20 p.m. for the report of a fire in a bedroom.

A vent team on the roof of a home on Wright St in Welland Tuesday evening
A vent team on the roof of a home on Wright St in Welland Tuesday evening

When firefighters arrived on scene, all occupants were out of the home.

Eckhart said there minimal signs from the exterior, but an interior crew found a working fire in a second floor bedroom.

That room was fully involved, and the second floor was full of smoke.

The deputy chief said the fire was quickly contained to the bedroom with a single hoseline.

An approximately 40 year old male was transported to Welland hospital, and kept overnight, by paramedics suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. He was kept overnight.

Eckhart said and Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office was contacted, which was mandatory for that type of fire, and offered to send an investigator to assist Welland’s fire prevention officer.

He said the fire service accepted the offer, and he expects the investigation to conclude sometime Thursday. Dec. 29.

Here’s an album of photos from the Wright St. fire. (Click on the photo to be taken to the album)
Wright St. fire - Welland

A short video from the Wright St. fire

Click the link to see a series of tweets about the two house fires
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