A dozen homes under construction destroyed by fire in Kitchener

A fire at a construction site in Kitchener Tuesday evening destroyed more than a dozen homes while damaging six more.

Richard Brooks, a fire protection officer at Kitchener Fire, said the call for the fire near Huron and Fischer-Hallman Roads came around 7:50 p.m.

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“We had 12 buildings, 12 single-family houses, that went up in flames,” he said. “The crews put out the fire well.”

He said the proximity of the houses, the radiant heat, and a strong wind helped the fire spread quickly.

Fire happens in Kitchener on Huron Road in the new Fusion Homes area.

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“The wind didn’t help,” said Brooks. “We had a nice westerly wind that helped to fan everything.”

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It took up to five trucks to put out the fire, one of which stayed on Wednesday morning to make sure all the focal points were extinguished.

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Brooks is currently on site to determine the cause of the fire.

“We don’t know what caused it,” said the firefighter. “We have a couple of different theories we’re working on, but it’s still vague right now.”

He estimated the fire damage to be at least $ 1 million.

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