Pembroke House Fire Not Considered Suspicious

A house fire that displaced a family in west end Pembroke overnight is not considered suspicious.

That’s the latest word from Pembroke Fire investigators, after crews spent all night at the scene of the fire, on Pembroke Street West beside the King Burger restaurant.

The call came in just before midnight, and Pembroke Fire Chief Dan Herback says they’re confident the fire started outside, near the back of the home, then spread into the house through an addition.

"Our investigators are sure the fire started on the exterior of the building", Herback told Star 96.7.

"The fire extended through that little addition, into the walls at the back, and into the ceiling a bit too", Herback added.

It wasn't long before crews had the fire under control and extinguished.

The weather is a factor they’re looking at in trying to determine the cause.

"One option, and it won't surprise you, is that lightning went through the area.  So we're looking at that option too as a possibility", Herback said.

The family who lived in the home made it out safely after first trying to put out the fire on their own with a fire extinguisher.

Investigators say there’s fire damage to about one-quarter of the home, mostly at the back.

Herback said there were plans to give the family access to the home on Monday to retrieve some belongings.

Renfrew County Victim Services and the Red Cross were made aware of the situation, to assess the needs of the displaced residents.