Oro Medonte home suffers $400K in damage following Friday morning fire

Fire chief says smoke detector did its job

Oro Medonte’s fire chief is crediting working smoke alarms for getting a home’s resident up and out safely following a house fire Friday morning.

Chief Hugh Murray tells Barrie 360 the fire service responded to reports of a structure fire on Lakeshore Drive shortly before 4 a.m. Friday. Fire crews arrived to find the structure fully engulfed by flames, but the home’s only occupant had already gotten out. “The fact that the home had working smoke alarms provided early detection and notification to the occupant allowing them to escape the dangers of this fire,” said Murray.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Damage is estimated at $500,000.