The North Bay Fire Department says no one was injured in a fire that occurred around the noon hour on Water Street just off Trout Lake road near the bypass.
“Reports were it was on Trout Lake Road however it is on Water Street a block over but it was easy to find because of the amount of smoke and flames visible upon arrival,” said Bill Purtell, acting Platoon Chief.
The giant plume of black smoke could be seen from kilometres away and firefighters feared the giant blaze would spread to other adjacent homes.
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“It was an initial defensive attack because of the involvement and the amount of product and materials in and around the home so we went directly into a defensive attack,” said Purtell, noting there were propane tanks on the property at the time of the fire.
“When we got confirmation from the people who are living here - there are a number of people - but there was no one inside.”
Firefighters also removed some pets from the home.
“We have been in and we have removed three aquariums with reptiles and their state of health is still under review,” said Purtell.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation but Purtell says the damage to the home is substantial.