February 13, 2019 5:42 pm

Couple left homeless after fire destroys 30-year-old country home near Peterborough

A large, three-storey home in Otonabee South Monaghan township is consumed by flames, leaving a couple in their 60s homeless.


A fire in Otonabee South Monaghan Township east of Peterborough on Tuesday night has left two people homeless.

They were not injured but their 30-year-old home on Keene Road near the village of Keene was destroyed.

A smoke alarm alerted the owners around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

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The Bidgoods, a couple in their 60s, had escaped unharmed and were waiting outside when firefighters arrived.

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Strong winds and freezing temperatures made controlling the blaze difficult, according to township fire chief Ted Bryant.

He called it a “major, major fire in the community.”

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By 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the home was being demolished.

Chief Bryant said the cause was not known but he said it wasn’t suspicious, and pegged damages at $2 million.

A next-door neighbor told CHEX News the Bidgoods had recently put a new roof on their three-storey home, along with other improvements.

She also said the farmhouse on the other side of her place was destroyed by fire last July.

A section of Old Keene Road, between Redmon Road and Baseline Road, was closed most of the day while fire crews mopped up.

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