Chatham firefighters save homes by dousing blaze, says fire chief
Chatham Daily News

Homes could have been lost if firefighters hadn’t quickly put out a garage fire Monday evening in Chatham, says Chatham-Kent fire Chief Chris Case.

Crews from stations 1 and 2 in Chatham responded to the fire at 115 West St. just after 5 p.m.

Damage was estimated at $5,000, but $350,000 in potential damage was averted, said a news release from Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services.

“Crews quickly extinguished the fire and prevented it from spreading,” Case said in a statement. “The fast work by firefighters saved this home and neighbouring homes.”

The fire’s cause is undetermined. No injuries were reported.

Police and paramedics were also on the scene.

On Tuesday morning, firefighters from the Tilbury and Merlin stations put out a structure fire at 59 Bolohan Dr. in Tilbury.

No injuries were reported. Damage was estimated at $100,000.

The fire department said Wednesday the cause is undetermined.The department offers free home safety checks through the Chatham-Kent Homes: Informed, Ready & Protected (CHIRP) program. Firefighters visit homes to check alarms and talk about fire safety with the family.

Call 519-360-1998 or e-mail to book a visit.