Damage estimated at more than $300K after fire tears through Grimsby family home

Damage is being estimated at around $300,000 after a fire ripped through a family home in Grimsby.

Fire crews were dispatched to the single-storey house on Lorne Avenue just after 12:30 a.m. The first firefighters arrived about three minutes later to find the south end of the home "fully engulfed in fire," according to chief Michael Cain.

A man and woman who were inside the home when the flames broke out managed to escape after they were woken up by their dog, he added.

The chief said freezing temperatures and powerful winds made knocking down the flames especially difficult.

"Strong, strong winds were helping fan the flames, creating intensity and spread of the fire from one end of the building to the other," explained Cain, who praised the 31 firefighters who responded despite the "adverse conditions."

Investigators were on scene Wednesday, working to determine the cause, but Cain said there's nothing at this point that indicates the fire was suspicious or criminal in nature.

A total damage estimate is also underway, but the chief said he expects it to top $300,000.

Cain said this fire is also good example of how working smoke alarms can help save lives.

"When the fire department arrives within three minutes of being notified." he said, "and what we walk into is a fully-engulfed family room spreading, it just reinforces the significance of having working smoke alarms on every floor of a home."

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