Fire spreads to two homes on Hamilton’s West Mountain, causing $600K in damage


Published May 15, 2023 at 4:29 pm

Hamilton fire department

What started as a fire on the driveway of a West Mountain home in Hamilton became much bigger, causing “extensive” damage estimated at $600,000 to two homes.

The residents were able to escape to safety before firefighters arrived and no injuries were reported, according to Fire Chief David Cunliffe in a press release.

Cunliffe said the cause of the fire is believed to be “improper disposal of smokers material.”

Cunliffe said it took the crew about 35 minutes “to bring the fire under control” at the two-storey homes at 39 and 43 Cloverhill Road.

The home at 39 Cloverhill Rd., whose driveway was first engulfed in flames, suffered “extensive fire damage both on the exterior and interior at the rear of the home,” according to Cunliffe. The fire also destroyed a deck, fence and motorcycle at the residence.

The rear of the other home at 43 Cloverhill Rd. also suffered significant fire damage, including a vehicle on the driveway and wooden fence.

Crews battle fires at 39 and 43 Cloverhill Rd. on Hamilton's West Mountain on Monday, May 15.

Crews battle fires at 39 and 43 Cloverhill Rd. on Hamilton’s West Mountain on Monday, May 15. PHOTO COURTESY HAMILTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

Fire alarm upgraded

It all began on Monday, May 15, when the Hamilton Fire Department received a report of a fire at 1:30 p.m. on the driveway of 39 Cloverhill Rd., between Gateview Drive and Brantdale Avenue on Hamilton’s West Mountain (Ward 8). On the way, the team received calls that the fire had spread into the house and the alarm was upgraded to a first alarm structure fire.

The crew reported seeing heavy smoke from Upper James. When they arrived, they found a heavy fire that had spread to two, two-storey homes along with a vehicle in the driveway between the houses on Cloverhill Road.

“The alarm was immediately upgraded to a multiple alarm, bringing additional resources from across the City to the scene,” according to the press release.

More firefighters were sent to help fight the blaze and begin search and rescue operations. The residents of both homes were able to escape and no one was reported hurt.






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