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No injuries after fire destroys cottage in Kennisis Lake area north of Haliburton: fire chief

Fire destroyed a cottage on Kennisis Lake near Haliburton on Wednesday.
Fire destroyed a cottage on Kennisis Lake near Haliburton on Wednesday. Mike Illes/Special to Global News Peterborough

No one was injured after a fire destroyed a cottage north of Haliburton on Wednesday afternoon, according to local fire officials.

According to Dysart et al Fire Department Chief Mike Iles, crews were called around 1:20 p.m. to a reported structure fire on Wilkinson Road along Kennisis Lake, about 30 kilometres north of Haliburton.

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Iles said the fire was reported by a motorist in the area who said smoke was coming from the eaves of a cottage.

The fire chief says that when crews arrived around 2 p.m., they discovered a four-season cottage engulfed in flames.

Firefighters deployed initial attack lines to protect two nearby cottages and utilized the lake as a water source, Iles said.

Damage is pegged at $350,000 following a cottage fire north of Haliburton.
Damage is pegged at $350,000 following a cottage fire north of Haliburton. Mike Illes/Special to Global News Peterborough

No one was home at the time, the fire chief said.

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Crews, including seven fire trucks and 21 firefighters, remained on the scene until 5:45 p.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Damage is pegged at $350,000, Iles said Thursday morning.

Fire leaves family of six in Hamilton Township without a home
Fire leaves family of six in Hamilton Township without a home