Oshawa firefighters battle ‘cussed’ flames, excessive winds in name at Colborne St home

Firefighters battled a “stubborn” fire that was complicated by fierce winds Saturday, June 18 in Oshawa.

“It was a great job by everybody on scene,” Assistant Deputy Fire Chief Ken Whetham said of the call on Colborne Street East. “It could have been a lot worse.”

The back part of the house sustained “significant” damage in the fire, reported by a neighbor shortly before 6 pm, Whetham said. The residents of the house were not home at the time.

“When the guys got there, there was visible smoke and fire from the rear,” Whetham said.

Raging winds complicated the call, requiring firefighters to assume both defensive and offensive approaches, he said – they had to protect neighboring structures from catching fire while attacking the flames that spread through the affected structure.

“It was a stubborn fire,” Whetham said. “(Firefighters) had to cut holes in the roof to get at it.”

The fire was brought under control by about 7:45 pm An estimate for the damage to the house is not immediately available, but Whetham said it was “extensive”.

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