Fire hits Fourth Street home

Nick Seebruch

Published on April 18, 2017

Fire crews were tackling a fire in the 400 block of Fourth St. West on the night of Tuesday, April 18 (Nick Seebruch/ TC Media).

CORNWALL, Ontario - Firefighters were called to reports of smoke at a Fourth Street duplex apartment on the night of Tuesday, April 18.

Firefighters were called when smoke was detected coming from a wall in the upstairs apartment of the duplex. They arrived on the scene just before 9 p.m.

There were at least two fire trucks that responded to the call, as well as police and paramedics although no reports of injuries were available.

Firefighters setup ladders to the upper floor of the duplex and were attacking the exterior of the wall with chainsaws to get at the fire. They were also spraying most of the upper floor with high pressure water hoses and power was turned off in the building.

A resident of the duplex who did not wish to be named told Seaway News that the upstairs resident informed him of smoke in her apartment and that as far as he knew, everyone got out safely.

"We heard there was smoke coming from upstairs and I got my wife, kids and dog and we got out of there," he said.

The resident said that it was an old building that had been built in the 1920s and that the property had been for sale for some time.

Another passerby who was watching the fire crews at work said that this was the third major blaze on that part of Fourth Street West that year. He remembered another major fire just a few houses down that occurred around Christmas.