Fire gutted a Park Avenue home in Brantford on Monday morning.
About 17 firefighters from three city stations responded to the call at 9:45 a.m., Brantford Fire Department platoon chief Ed Glover said at the scene.
“At the time we arrived, no one was home,” Glover said. “There were flames coming from the front porch and window from what we could see from the street.”
Crystal Borden, who lives next door to the affected house, said she heard “a commotion” outside.
“We heard screaming, yelling and a big commotion,” Borden said. “I thought a fight was going on.”
Bill Hodgson, who also lives next door to the home, said he saw flames coming from the front windows when he looked outside.
“I don’t like to see anybody’s house burn down, especially right beside mine,” Hodgson said.
Firefighters extinguished all visible flames by shortly after 10 a.m. Bystanders at the scene said several people ran from inside the home prior to the arrival of firefighters.
Glover said Brantford Fire Department fire prevention officers will investigate the cause of the blaze and determine if the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office will be called to assist with the investigation.