This is one of the blazes area firefighters had to deal with over the past 24 hours.
HUNTSVILLE - Area firefighters have been busy the past few days, dealing with emergency calls and structure fires.
Fire crews from Huntsville and Lake of Bays responded to 15 emergency calls in the past 48 hours due to the extreme cold weather and poor road conditions, as well as four fires on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Two of the fires resulted in the loss of homes, one on Tuesday afternoon in Baysville and the other early Wednesday morning in the Port Sydney area. The Huntsville Fire Department is reporting that all of the fires are believed to results of problems with faulty heating equipment and cooking appliances.
Fire chief Steve Hernen is asking everyone that due to the extreme cold conditions to take a minute and check all heating equipment in use to make sure that combustible material is keep well away from heating appliances and electrical circuits are not being overloaded.
The department is also reminding residents of the following safety reminders given the extreme cold conditions:
• ashes from wood burning appliances should be empty into a metal container only and stored outside away from any wooden deck or buildings;
• avoid overloading electrical circuits;
• stay in the kitchen when cooking;
• test your smoke alarm;
• and in the event of a fire, get out and stay out.