Fire at Sunnyside started in basement workshop


Heather Wright/The Independent

The fire which damaged three storeys of one of Petrolia’s most recognizable homes started accidentally.

On May 1, Petrolia/North Enniskillen firefighters were called to the historic home on Petrolia Line to find smoke billowing from the roof. Inside they were met with flames at the door.

Chief Jay Arns says all three floors sustained fire damage with the main floor suffering the most damage.

Because the Burnie family, who owns the home, have been renovating, much of the home is stripped back to the studs. Arns says about $75,000 damage was done.

Arns says a local investigation found the fire started in a basement workshop area and was caused by a damaged electrical cord. The only person in the home and his two dogs escaped the fire without injury.