Fire destroys Riverdale home’s second floor

Fire destroys Riverdale home's second floor Fast-acting firefighters are being credited with saving a family home from complete destruction after a fire earlier this week.

Fast-acting firefighters are being credited with saving a family home from complete destruction after a fire earlier this week.

“It was a great save by our duty crews,” deputy fire chief Kevin Lyslo said yesterday. “It would have gone to the ground. It was growing fast even as we pulled up.”

Fire crews were called to the home on Bell Crescent in Riverdale on Monday just after 1 p.m. Investigators were on the scene most of that afternoon and returned yesterday.

Lyslo said the second storey of the single-family home was severely damage by flames as well as smoke and water.

At one point the flames caused a partial collapse of the ceiling on the second floor. No firefighters were in the building at the time. Eventually the scene was safe enough that crews were able to climb on the structure to finish putting things out.

Once everything was safe, items were placed under specially designed covers as protection from smoke and water.

A damage estimate has not been completed at this point, said Lyslo.

Fire investigators are still working to determine exactly what caused the fire.

It appears it started either somewhere in a room on the second floor or in the attic, Lyslo said.

There is nothing to suggest the fire was anything other than an accident.

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