Overnight house fire on the west Mountain causes $700K damage

Hamilton's fire department says working smoke alarms alerted four people inside to get out and no one was hurt despite the magnitude of the fire.

Fire also damaged house next door

Firefighters fought a multiple alarm fire overnight near Stone Church and Upper Paradise Road that caused an estimated $700,000 in damage. (David Ritchie)

A multiple-alarm fire overnight heavily damaged a two-storey house on the west Mountain. No one was hurt, which the fire department attributes to working smoke alarms alerting four people inside to get out.

Two cars in the home's garage were destroyed.

Fire crews were called after 1 a.m. to a home on Copperwood Avenue, near Stone Church and Upper Paradise roads. The house had flames climbing from the garage when crews arrived.

All four people who live there were outside. 

Fire spokesman Claudio Mostacci said the fire caused an estimated $700,000 in damage. The fire leaped to the next-door house and caused $20,000 to the exterior cladding of that house, also. That house was also evacuated.

The fire's cause is unknown and is under investigation by the Ontario Fire Marshal.

The Red Cross was called to the scene to help the people who live at the home find a place to stay. Crews were still on scene Tuesday morning.

Mostacci included reminders about smoke alarms: 

"This incident highlights the importance of working smoke alarms," he said. "An operational smoke alarm will provide you with the protection and early warning that you need to give you and your family the best chance to survive a fire in your home. The Ontario Fire Code requires that you install a smoke alarm on every storey of your home, including basements."