Cause of two-home fire will remain unknown, says Wasaga deputy fire chief

The cause of a multi-million-dollar fire that swept through two homes in a residential neighbourhood in the west end of Wasaga Beach will remain a mystery.

Deputy Fire Chief Craig Williams said investigators have determined that the origin of the Aug. 26 blaze in Blue Water On the Bay was in the garage of one of the homes.

However, he stated in an email to Simcoe.com, “the cause is going to be classified as undetermined due to the extent of fire damage.”

The cause is not suspicious, he added.

Crews were called out just after noon to the home at the corner of Starboard Circle and Waterview Road.

Crews arrived to find the single detached home engulfed. It wasn’t long after that when the blaze jumped from one home to a second neighbouring single detached residence.

Along with Wasaga Beach firefighters, County of Simcoe paramedics and the OPP, a crew of Collingwood firefighters were called in with that department’s aerial unit to assist in containing the fire.

It took approximately 90 minutes to bring the fire under control.

No one was injured, though two Wasaga firefighters were assessed by paramedics for heat stress.

The intensity of the heat from the fire also melted the siding on buildings on the other side of Waterview Road, including the neighbourhood’s community centre.

Williams said the value of the damage has now been assessed at $3 million.