Massive fire engulfs east-end homes, vehicles

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A massive fire engulfs a portion of an east-end Cornwall neighbourhood Monday night. Photo: Stephanie Coleman

CORNWALL, Ontario - A fire in east-end Cornwall engulfed a duplex and witnesses at the scene claim a vehicle in a driveway exploded, leading to the carnage.

Thick black smoke covered the Walton and Louisa streets area of the city. Local media reports suggest a man was working on a van when the fuel tank was punctured and a fire began.

The flames quickly engulfed the vehicle and spread to another car before attacking homes.

Stephanie Coleman and her partner Haley Johnston were in the Second and Marlborough streets area when they saw the smoke.

"I doubt the house(s) stood a chance. It's very unfortunate," said Coleman. "Haley and I couldn't believe how quickly the smoke was rising. It almost looked like a tanker or gas exploded.

"The smoke was really black."

Firefighters and police quickly descended on the scene. By 6:30 p.m. the fire was under control but the damage to the homes and vehicles appears significant.

The charred remains of the vehicles, not to mention the burning home, were a grim reminder to many how quickly fire can spread.

"The smoke sort of hung in the air and saturated the east towards St. Felix," said Coleman.

Police were not able to confirm details concerning injuries. More to come.

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario, Walton Street Marlborough

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  • kim
    June 02, 2014 - 22:35

    I know that anything can start a fire but living in cornwall for 2 years the places that some people live in are already waiting for fires to begin because the town don't care hat you live in and people need places to live in and they wont report anything and this is why these places go up so fast o one looks after them...THANK GOD NO ONE WAS HURT

    • mel
      June 03, 2014 - 22:12

      thats a complete lie u dont know cornwall do u

  • Donna
    June 02, 2014 - 21:41

    this fire took out the 3 homes beside me!! it all started by someone working on a van with a saws all trying to cut something off the van.. a gas leak in the van caught on fire and took out 3 houses!!! We tried to keep it from spreading to the bungalow but things started exploding... i ran into my house got my dog cell phone and got out as the house next to me had now caught .. The man working on the car has 3rd degree burns , everyone else got out safe .. now 4 families are homeless.. the side by side and brick bungalow are write offs... fire department still on scene at 9:39 pm.. we were just allowed back in our house next door about a hour ago... sad day...

    • mel
      June 03, 2014 - 02:22

      can u find out for me if the family with the kids need anything me and a friend are putting together stuff for the family

    • mel
      June 03, 2014 - 22:13

      thats a complete lie u dont know cornwall do u ven know what ur talking bout i was at the house the guy was trying to get the gas out of the tank dummy thats how it started