Two families in the same Oakville neighbourhood are distraught after an early morning blaze tore through their homes – leaving one house destroyed and the other seriously damaged.
The first fire, which started at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, happened at a house under construction on Morrison Heights Drive.
“I’ve never see anything like it, to be honest with you,” said Frank Franzone who lives beside the home.
“There were huge chunks of I guess debris from the house that were shooting down like meteorites.”
Oakville Fire Chief Brian Durdin said investigators are looking into the possibility that burning embers carried by the wind may have landed on the roof of another home on Colborne Court, the scene of another fire hours later that caused significant damage.
The second fire broke out at around 7:30 a.m. Once fire crews left, the second home again caught fire about 12 hours later. Officials still don’t know how.
“We did overhaul it, and looked at it, and took out all the damage to the area and insulation from the house.” said Durdin.
“They did a complete scan with thermal imaging cameras.”
But the fire chief admits thermal imaging is not 100 per cent accurate, and investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the second fire at the second home.
The damage to the first house is estimated at between $3 to $4 million dollars, while the damage to the second home is estimated at several hundred thousand.
The investigations into both fire are continuing.