Kirby Wakelin

North River Fire Chief Kirby Wakelin said the home owner discovered the fire after hearing a crackling noise. (CBC)

A New Year's Day fire in a home in Elmwood has been ruled accidental.

The P.E.I. fire marshal's office says the fire was probably caused by ignition of waste materials in, or around, the bathroom vanity.

The damage caused by the fire was contained to the bathroom of the house.

The North River Fire Department put out the fire. Chief Kirby Wakelin said the homeowner discovered the fire in the bathroom after hearing a crackling noise.

The homeowner attempted to extinguish the fire with the shower head.