Passerby alerts north Oshawa residents that their house is on fire

A carport fire that spread to a north Oshawa home has resulted in more than $400,000 in damage.

Oshawa deputy fire chief Todd Wood said firefighters were called to 1505 Winchester Rd. E. at 6:01 p.m. on May 15.

Wood said the homeowners were inside eating when a passerby spotted that the carport was on fire and alerted them. The carport, which had a roof but no walls, was attached to the home.

“The fire spread from the carport to the second story of that dwelling, it was a sidesplit dwelling so that second story caught fire,” said Wood.

That section of north Oshawa does not have fire hydrants so firefighters brought in water to fight the flames.

“We used our tanker and we called in mutual aid from Clarington and they sent two tankers over and we did water shuttle.”

The total damage to the home is estimated to be between $400,000 and $450,000. Wood said the residents were displaced from the home due to the fire.

The deputy chief said fire inspectors will likely rule the cause of the fire to be undetermined as there was significant damage. There was fire wood, a barbecue and a trail with debris stored in the carport so it’s difficult to determine where the fire started.

The home did have working smoke alarms that eventually went off, but since the fire started outside the passerby alerted the residents before the alarms did.


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