Durham Fire Crews Battle Another Blaze

Durham, ON, Canada / channel12

Four people are lucky to be alive following an overnight fire at a home in Courtice on Varcoe Road.  Rita Nave has the details.

Firefighters were called to the home on Varcoe Road at 12:28 this morning to find it engulfed in flames.

Clarington Fire Chief Gord Weir

“A passerby noticed porch on fire and sounded the horn to try and wake the residents.  A resident inside may have noticed a flicker and alerted the rest of the family.”

All four residents were able to escape the blaze.

“One of the parents had to go back up the room to one of the children.  When they came back down smoke and heat so intense they had to escape through a second story window in the back, jumped down onto a lower roof and down on the grass.”

Chief Gord Weir says there were no injuries.  More than 30 firefighters from Bowmanville, Newcastle and Courtice were on the scene for several hours and this morning they were still on the scene monitoring hot spots.

The Fire Marshal’s Office was called in and an investigation is underway into the cause of the fire.  The house sustained extensive damage in the fire.  This is the 17th residential fire so far this year, with an estimated loss of more than $3.32 million in damages.

“The message to all residents is to make sure things are safe.  Don’t over plug things from the electrical side, making sure you’ve got working smoke alarms and if you’re a smoker put your cigarette butts out.  Be more aware of your surroundings in your home and make sure things are safe.”

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