Garage fire in Valley most likely caused by hot ashes or coals; crash takes out hydro pole
The Sudbury Star

An early morning garage fire in Valley East caused about $50,000 in damages, according to Deputy Fire Chief Jesse Oshell.

Crews from four different fire stations went to the scene on Michelle Drive in Hanmer shortly after 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

“The fire was not deemed suspicious. We did our initial investigation, and there were some coals and/or ashes left in a container close to the garage. We believe that’s what started the fire,” said Oshell.

“Fortunately, our full-time firefighters from Val Therese were on scene quickly and got the fire under control within minutes of arrival, and we had the fire out not long after that.”

The fire was contained to the detached garage, added Oshell, but there was some exposure damage, including melted vinyl siding, to the neighbouring home.

No one was injured during the incident.

Oshell advised the public to be cautious when disposing of ashes and barbecue coals.

“You want to make sure that you properly extinguish your fire and dispose of ashes and coals appropriately. That would mean dousing them with water until they are completely out,” he said.

“If you’re going to be using snow, you want to make sure that you cover it fully and stir it up. There should be no heat, no smoke, and no burning coal or ashes left in what you’re disposing.”

Crash took down hydro pole in Hanmer

Motorists were asked to avoid the area of 5200 Hwy 69 in Hanmer following a single-vehicle collision that occurred Wednesday morning.

The Greater Sudbury Police Service tweeted that a hydro pole is down as a result of the collision, and the sole driver involved sustained minor injuries.

Two westbound lanes were closed to traffic. In a tweet published this afternoon, police said that Bell Canada is en route to make the necessary repairs to the hydro pole.

The roadway remained blocked, but vehicles could pass through the turning lane.

Officers remained on the scene for safety reasons, and police asked drivers to find an alternate route to their destination.

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