For Immediate Release - Feb. 20, 2009
BURLINGTON, ON. - A fire that occurred just after midnight on Friday February 20th 2009 has destroyed four townhomes under construction in Burlington. The four units were located in a small complex of seventeen townhomes on Lindley Common which is in the Plains Road East and Downsview Dr. area.
A driver of a vehicle on Plains Road called 911 after the noticed a fire in the complex. When fire crews arrived they were confronted with heavy smoke and flames showing from the block of four units that were still at the framing stage of construction. High winds caused the fire to spread rapidly through the units and blew burning embers across the roadway however an aggressive attack by fire crews prevented the fire from spreading to other nearby buildings.
Firefighters directed their immediate attention to an adjacent commercial plaza with an occupied restaurant that was directly in the path of the windswept flames and smoke. Patrons were immediately evacuated and crews were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the plaza which was only several meters away. Some smoke did enter the rear of the restaurant.
Crews also had to contend with extreme wind chills which caused water to freeze almost instantly on anything it came in contact with. Burlington Hydro crews were called to the scene to check overhead power lines that were exposed to the flames and to remove ice buildup from the wires. Plains Road East was closed for several hours between Willowbrook Rd. and Shadeland Ave.
Four units were completely destroyed and several units, which were nearing completion directly across from the fire, suffered broken windows from exposure to the extreme heat. Several other units in the complex were occupied but those units were not damaged or evacuated. Damage is estimated to be $225,000 to the structures and the exposures.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation and the Office of the Fire Marshal has been advised.
Fire Prevention Officer