Disaster struck two homes on McDonagh Crescent here in Thorold today as a fire caused extensive damage to both sides of the semidetached building between Forster Avenue and Cartier Drive. As you can see by the photos, all four stations responded as the fire continued to break out in the roof even after over an hour.
Firefighters believe the fire started in the van parked in the carport and spread to the house, where it went into the attic and spread. The City’s seldom-used aerial truck saw service as the roof was unsafe to walk on. You can see them poking holes with a pike to put out fires. Unfortunately, the house next door is likely to have extensive water damage as well as the fire burned across the attic. As you can see, the house next to it had the siding melted off.
The volunteer and pro firefighters work well together, working in teams to spell each other off on the fighting in their heavy bunker gear and self-contained breathing apparatus. We should be glad to have them – all of them. It could have been much worse if it had spread.