Fire crews attend several house fires

The Fort Frances Fire Rescue Service has responded to several house fires in recent weeks.

On April 6, at approximately 12:20 PM the Fort Frances Fire Rescue Service responded to a residential fire in the 400 Block of Second Street East. The fire was responded to by 12 team members, two pumper trucks, and a rescue pickup truck.

Due to the quick response of firefighters, the fire was quickly extinguished. The cause of the fire has been determined to be accidental in nature. The origin of the fire was determined to have started outside of the residence, and no one was injured, according to a statement issued by Fire Chief Tyler Moffitt.

“I would like to thank all members of our team who responded to this fire. Well done!” he stated in the release.

On Monday evening, at approximately 8:48 p.m. the team responded to a residential fire in the 1200 Block of Scott Street. The cause of that fire has been determined to be accidental in nature. The origin of that fire was determined to have started outside of the residence. There were no injuries.

On March 20 at approximately 4:10 a.m. team members responded to a residential fire in the 500 Block of Second West. The cause of that fire was also determined to be accidental in nature. The origin of that fire was determined to have started outside of the residence. No one was injured in that blaze.

Fort Frances Fire Rescue Service reminds Fort Frances residents who smoke, to continue to do so outside.

“If you smoke, put it out … all the way … every time. Keep a large metal can nearby so cigarette butts and ashes can be safely discarded; mix in some water,” said the release. “Remember, empty ashes into a metal container – not the garbage can. Never flick lit cigarette butts off decks. As well, do not extinguish cigarettes in plant pots, which may contain a mixture of peat moss, shredded wood and bark that can easily ignite.”

Moffitt added that cigarette butts or ashes can ignite many things outside while you are smoking such as dry leaves, dry grass, paper and wood, including wood piles, shredded wood, mulch, and bark), and non-combustible containers utilized for cigarette butts and ashes.

“Please stay vigilant in your efforts to ensure the protection of your family,” he stated.

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