Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Night inferno demolishes garage, extensive damage to two homes
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 20 Sep 2006, p. 1

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Alex Foster surveys the damage to his garage at 26 Sargent Road after the structure was destroyed by fire in the early hours Tuesday morning. Next door neighbour Bert Burns' house also sustained damage, melting the vinyl siding on his house as well as causing major damage to his detached garage which was adjacent to Foster's garage. Photo by Ted Brown

Night inferno demolishes garage, extensive damage to two homes

EAMONN MAHER Staff Writer Residents in the Sargent Rd. area of Georgetown were evacuated from their homes into the pouring rain early Tuesday morning when a fire destroyed a detached garage and severely damaged the house west of it, as well as the next door garage. No injuries to residents were reported in the blaze, although a firefighter suffered a minor wrist injury. The garage, which is not attached to the home, burned to the ground, while the back of the residence at 26 Sargent Rd. had damaged windows from the heat. Halton Hills Fire Department chief of operations John Martin said a neighbour awoke at around 1 a.m. to popping and cracking noises, making a quick emergency call that allowed firefighters to respond quickly and extinguish the burning garage. "Receiving the call when we did was instrumental in getting us there," said Martin. "The aggressive attack by firefighters definitely saved the nearby homes." The fire also extensively damaged windows and vinyl siding to the neighbouring home and garage at 28 Sargent Rd. As well, a 1997 Ford F150 truck and a Dodge Dakota Sport truck were damaged, at an estimated cost of $4,500. Neighbour Kristie Pells, whose backyard provided a clear view of the fully engulfed garage, was startled out of sleep by her family's barking dog. Residents were able to return to their homes about an hour after the fire began. "We got up and saw the flames and called 911, but they had already received a call," said Pells. "About five minutes later, the police came pounding on the doors for everyone to get out of the houses." A total preliminary damage estimate has been set at $100,000. Halton Hills Fire Department staff and the Electrical Safety Authority were investigating the fire scene Tuesday afternoon. (With files from Ted Brown, staff writer)

Maher, Eamonn
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Night inferno demolishes garage, extensive damage to two homes