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House fire damage estimated at half a million (8 photos)

No one seriously hurt in noon-hour fire in Rockwood believed to have started in garage
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Fire officials say the initial damage estimate to a Rockwood home is around $500,000 following a fire Tuesday.

The owner of the home was home at the time but no one was injured. A firefighter received a minor injury but is okay.

Rockwood-Eramosa Fire Department Deputy Chief Jim Petrik said the call came in around noon Tuesday for a garage fire at 108 Parkinson Dr., located in an upscale neighbourhood of large detached homes in the town's southwest corner.

When firefighters arrived the fire had spread to the entire right side of the two-garage home.

"It came in as a garage fire and it just extended up," Petrik said. "We used a rapid attack with the deck gun on the pumper and did a quick knockdown."

"We knocked it down in about 30 minutes but there's extensive damage," Petrik said.

Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to neighbouring homes. One neighbour had some very minor shingle damage, the other neighbour's house looked untouched.

"We protected the adjacent houses," Petrik said.

Fire crews from the Rockwood-Eramosa Fire Department were assisted by fire crews from the Puslinch Fire Department. Wellington County OPP were also on the scene.

Petrik said the cause of the fire is undetermined.



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