A raging fire in the former Ryde Township area of Gravenhurst summoned 20 firefighters and six fire trucks last night to a rural home near Riley Lake. Just before 10 p.m., neighbours of a home located at 1011 Fitchett Lane, discovered a fire in the home and called 9-1-1 alerting fire crews from all three Gravenhurst stations. Three tankers shuttled water to the scene from nearby Riley Lake, but unfortunately the home could not be saved.

“The fire was in a very advanced state when it was first noticed. There was little crews could do except protect a bunkie and shed on the property and keep the fire contained,” said Larry Brassard, Fire Chief. “A metal roof hampered extinguishment efforts somewhat, but thankfully and despite icy conditions in and around the incident site, there were no injuries”, he added.

Crews brought the fire under control quickly but remained on scene for several hours dousing hot spots. Damage is estimated at $100,000.00.

No cause has been determined, the fire is not considered suspicious. Gravenhurst fire officials point to this fire as a reminder that fires can strike anywhere at any time and the best way to protect your family is to be prepared. Make sure your smoke alarms are installed and working properly; that everyone knows they must exit quickly as soon as a fire is detected; and once out, everyone must stay out.