Early morning fire sends one person to hospital

Early morning fire sends one person to hospital
One Person In Critical Condition After Fire
Dave O'Niel, fire prevention officer with Windsor Fire and Rescue, and Jason Williams, investigator for the Office of the Fire Marshal, investigate the scene of a house fire at 1415/1417 Pillette Rd., Sunday, November 25, 2018. Dax Melmer / WINwp

Unattended cooking caused a house fire that resulted in $340,000 in damages in the city’s east end early Sunday morning.

After escaping from the burning duplex at 1415/1417 Pillette Rd. around 2 a.m., the homeowner went back in to retrieve a dog, according to Windsor Fire and Rescue. The homeowner was taken to hospital for smoke inhalation and remains in critical condition.

A house fire in the 1400-block of Pillette Rd. on November 25, 2018 (Photo courtesy of Joel Boyce via Facebook)

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“As soon as I peaked my head out from my place, all I saw was a blanket of smoke filling the road,” said Boyce, who heard shouting outside. “It was an intense night.”

Crews extinguished the fire quickly, Boyce said. He said all occupants had evacuated the building before the fire trucks arrived.

"It is believed that the lone female occupant discovered the fire, self-evacuated, but then re-entered the structure while the fire was occurring to retrieve a dog," said Jason Williams, an investigator with the Fire Marshal's office.

Damages are estimated at $200,000 to the structure, $100,000 to contents, and $40,000 from exposure to the adjacent unit. Three people were displaced.

The scene of a house fire at 1415/1417 Pillette Rd. thats being investigated by the Office of the Fire Marshal, is pictured Sunday, November 25, 2018. Dax Melmer / WINwp

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WINDSOR, ONT:. NOVEMBER 25, 2018 — Dave ONiel, fire prevention officer with Windsor Fire and Rescue, investigates the scene of a house fire at 1415/1417 Pillette Rd., Sunday, November 25, 2018. Dax Melmer / WINwp

Provincial Fire Investigations are looking into a structure fire at a Windsor home on Pillette Road, near South National Street.

The scene of a house fire at 1415/1417 Pillette Rd. thats being investigated by the Office of the Fire Marshal, is pictured Sunday, November 25, 2018. Dax Melmer / WINwp

Now, investigators are working to determine if there were any working smoke alarms in the house at the time of the fire. 

One person is in critical condition with smoke inhalation after a fire in the 1400 block of Pillette around 2am Sunday.

Damage is set at $200,000 to the structure, $100,000 to the contents and $40,000 in exposure damage to adjacent unit.