Hamilton house fire causes $800K in damage

No one was injured in a fire that caused $800,000 in damage to a house in Hamilton's Durand neighbourhood.

The Ontario Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate

Firefighters work to extinguish spot fires at a house in Hamilton's Durand neighbourhood on Sunday morning. (Cory Ruf/CBC)

A Saturday night fire caused $800,000 in damage to a stately three-storey home in Hamilton’s Durand neighbourhood.

Emergency crews received a call around 10:20 p.m. about a fire at a house on Undercliffe Avenue, near the intersection of Aberdeen Avenue and Bay Street South.

“There were two occupants [in the house]. They saw smoke and they went to investigate and saw heavy smoke up on the third floor,” said Hamilton Fire Department spokesman Claudio Mostacci. 

The occupants escaped the house without injuries, he said.

Firefighters spent the night battling the blaze, and were still working to extinguish spot fires at around 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning, spraying water in through a collapsed portion of the roof.

At that time, Platoon Chief Ross Bridges said he expected the effort to take “a couple more hours.”

With temperatures dropping as low as –19 C Sunday morning, runoff water from the fire hoses froze to create a thick layer of ice on Undercliffe and Aberdeen avenues. The ice trapped several cars parked along Aberdeen in their place and made for slick conditions for firefighters still working to finish to the job.

“We’re being very diligent not to fall on the ice, but the city, they’ve been helping us bring sand down here,” Bridges said. “We’re working at it.”

Mostacci said the Ontario Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate the fire because of the “dollar value of the damage.” 

The cause of the fire has not been determined.