Investigation into Chisholm house fire terminated due to damage
 
The Office of the Fire Marshal has terminated its investigation into a fire that took place at a home in Chisholm, Dec. 21, 2019. A cause was unable to be determined due to the amount of damage that occurred. Nugget File Photo
 
A cause behind a fire that destroyed a Chisholm couple’s home a few days before Christmas will not be determined, a spokesperson for the Office of the Fire Marshal has confirmed.
 
Public relations officer Carol Gravelle told The Nugget in a statement that while the office did attend the scene, “given the amount of damage to the structure, the fire investigation was terminated due to no prospect of determining origin and cause.”
 
Chris Jull, a councillor for the local township, and his wife Sue Alambets, a former registered practical nurse at Eastholme Home for the Aged, lost their home on Memorial Park Drive, just east of Golf Course Road, in a fire Dec. 21.
 
The couple had lived in the home for 30 years. Jull was at the house when the fire broke out and was later taken to hospital in North Bay to be treated for smoke inhalation. He was released a few days after the incident.
 
Alambets had been shopping for groceries in Callander and told The Nugget last month that she saw flames coming from the upstairs windows when she got back.
 
Firefighters were called to the fire that morning at 9:37 a.m. and arrived on scene within 12 minutes.
 
Chisholm Fire Chief Ray Ford said flames were seen coming out of the windows of the attic on the second storey of the home.
 
The fire was not fully involved at first but spread quickly due to the age of the residence.
 
In an email, Alambets expressed her gratitude to the community and praised the Chisholm and Powassan fire departments for their work in responding to the fire.