Two people and cat escape from New Year's Day fire in Aylmer that destroyed a house on Oak Street

Two people and cat escape from New Year's Day fire in Aylmer that destroyed a house on Oak Street
By Megan Stacey
London Free Press
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Two people and a cat escaped from a blaze that destroyed an Aylmer home on New Year’s Day.

Aylmer Fire Chief Sam Taylor said firefighters were called to a house on Oak Street just after 4 p.m. The fire started in the garage, and may have been caused by a space heater, he said.

“We haven’t been able to dig through it, it’s all collapsed in that part and frozen. But it seems reasonable or logical – we know that’s where the fire started,” Taylor said.

The fire destroyed the home and everything in it, as well as a vehicle and attached cargo trailer in the driveway, Taylor said. The blaze is not considered suspicious and the Fire Marshal was not called to investigate, he added.

Taylor said one of the residents opened the garage door late Monday afternoon and found it filled with smoke. He drove a vehicle out of the garage and tried to extinguish the blaze before calling firefighters.

Fire crews were on scene for about five hours knocking down the fire and extinguishing hot spots.

“It took them some time to get it under control, there was a bit of a wind there,” Taylor said.

Firefighters from Malahide Township were called in to help Aylmer’s volunteer service.

There was no estimate on damages, but Taylor noted the house was only five or six years old.

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