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Richmond St. fire causes roughly $400,000 damage


Amherstburg firefighters battled a house fire at 292 Richmond St. S. last Friday morning. The area of origin was the kitchen but an exact cause has not been determined.
Amherstburg firefighters battled a house fire at 292 Richmond St. S. last Friday morning. The area of origin was the kitchen but an exact cause has not been determined.

A Friday morning fire on Richmond St. has caused what the Amherstburg Fire Department is estimating as $400,000 in damages.


Deputy Chief Dan Monk said Friday morning they got the call around 3:30 a.m.


Preliminary investigation has led fire officials to believe the fire started in the kitchen, but no ignition source was confirmed as of later that morning.


One neighbouring home suffered damage due to the fire. The neighbouring home was already damaged by fire the previous summer.


At least two people were injured, as one person suffered smoke inhalation while another was reportedly injured exiting the home. 


“It’s pretty much a complete loss,” deputy chief Ron Meloche added Monday morning. 


The cause is undetermined at the current time.


“The area of origin was the kitchen,” he said Monday, adding there is no foul play.


All three stations and 38 firefighters responded. Meloche said fire crews were on scene until roughly 10 a.m.


Ken French, a nearby neighbour, said they were awoken by people pounding on the door screaming to call 911. There were also children reportedly in the home that were taken to their grandmother’s vehicle.


The fire spread quickly, French added, as he praised first responders for their prompt arrival.


“I would say they were here in 15 minutes,” said French. 


French said it was a “chaotic” scene Friday morning but French emphasized the work of the fire department.


“I can’t say enough good things about the fire department,” said French.

To assist the family, visit www.gofundme.com and search “Lost everything in a house fire.”






By Ron Giofu



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23 janv.

Best wishes for the family. 😥

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