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Carman home damaged in blaze

Emily Distefano

Flames engulfed a car park and home in the northwest area of Carman on the night of Nov. 12. (PHOTO COURTESY JOHNNY LEBEAU)

Flames engulfed a car park and home in the northwest area of Carman on the night of Nov. 12. (PHOTO COURTESY JOHNNY LEBEAU)

The Carman-Dufferin Fire Department responded to a residential fire last night that caused significant damage.

Fire Chief Ben Vanderzwaag said the department was called to the scene in the north-west area of Carman around 9:50 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12.

When the firefighters arrived, they found a home's car park engulfed in flames, with fire starting to eat into the house as well.

"On arrival we found that the fire was burning in the car port, which was attached to the house, and it was also starting to burn into the eaves and into the windows into the house," said Vanderzwaag.

Johnny Lebeau, a neighbour, was outside when he heard the sirens and noticed an orange glow coming from down the street. He ran over to the house and saw the car park on fire.

"By the time we got to where the fire was, the garage was already gone," he said. "The one car was completely burnt - the skeleton was pretty much all that was left of the car...I was there for maybe ten or fifteen minutes and the garage collapsed during that time and [the fire] was already spreading to the house quite a bit."

Vanderzwaag said it took around two hours to get the flames under control.

By the time it was out, the home had sustained around $300,000 worth of damage.

The residents have also been displaced.

"There's a large extent of damage to the house," said Vanderzwaag. "The residents will need to be relocated."

The fire department doesn't know what started the blaze.

Vanderzwaag said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but stressed that it is not considered suspicious.

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