No injuries in St. Catharines townhouse fire 0
A St. Catharines firefighter works to extinguish a blaze on the second storey of a townhouse unit on Manchester Ave. Sunday afternoon. Nobody was injured in the fire. Dan Dakin, Standard Staff
Three people and a number of pets escaped a townhouse fire in St. Catharines Sunday afternoon.
Five trucks and 19 St. Catharines firefighters responded to the blaze at 12:25 p.m. Sunday on the second storey of townhouse unit 109 at 45 Manchester Ave.
The fire was contained to that unit, though St. Catharines Fire Department platoon chief Rob Denhollander said there was some minor water and smoke damage to another unit.
Each block in the Manchester Ave. townhouse development has four units – one in each corner – and there was initially concern the fire might spread.
“There were some flames coming out of the one window so our concern was sweeping the other three units as quickly as possible,” Denhollander said.
Police and firefighters evacuated all four units in the block and no one was injured, he said.
Kristen Harris, who lives in unit 109 with her mother, said she was downstairs when the fire broke out.
“I was in the living room and I saw smoke,” she said. “I went upstairs and saw fire in the hallway.”
The two women, along with a young girl who was visiting the unit at the time, escaped with a family dog and four two-week old kittens. The kittens' mother was also carried outside, but ran back in, Harris said. The cat's condition wasn't known Sunday afternoon.
The cause of the fire and damage estimates are still being investigated.