SCUGOG: Three people are left homeless following a devastating fire in the northeast corner of Scugog Township last week, which completely destroyed one home and severely damaged a second.
At around 7 a.m. on Dec. 11, Scugog firefighters were called to the View Lake neighbourhood after receiving reports of a house fire on Coleman Cres., situated near the border of Durham Region and the City of Kawartha Lakes.
According to Scugog Fire’s Deputy Chief Rob Gonnerman, fire crews battled the blaze until approximately 4 p.m., leaving a truck to monitor the scene until midnight. Fire departments from Uxbridge, Clarington and Kawartha Lakes were also on standby.
According to the deputy chief, a neighbour alerted the single occupant of the lakefront home where the fire broke out and got her to safety before flames engulfed the structure.
The woman’s dog, however, was lost in the blaze, said Deputy Chief Gonnerman.
The couple living next door were not home at the time of the fire, which destroyed much of their house. It’s undetermined at this point whether the remaining structure can be saved, said the deputy chief. A shed on one of the properties was also destroyed.
The occupants of both homes are currently staying with friends and family, said the deputy chief.
The total damage is estimated at approximately $750,000, and while a cause is yet to be determined, the deputy chief said that high winds coming off Lake Scugog that day contributed to the fire’s quick spread.