Fire officials say a blaze that gutted a modular home in Oro-Medonte on Tuesday was caused by “unattended cooking,” and the structure didn’t have working smoke alarms.
Hugh Murray, Oro-Medonte fire chief, told Barrie 360 they received the call at around 10:30 a.m. and responded to the home in the area of Line 11 just south of 15/16 Sideroad.
Officials say the two occupants got out safely but were unsure about any pets.
The damage is estimated to be between $90,000 and $125,000.
Provincial police placed East Oro Public School in a shelter in place due to the fire, but lifted it just before noon.
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