Family escapes just in time

Fire guts Kennard Crescent home

By Barb McKay


The occupants of a home on Kennard Crescent gutted by fire on the weekend were lucky to escape with their lives, according to Kincardine fire department officials.



Nobody was injured in Saturday morning's fire, but the Kennard Crescent house was completely destroyed by the blaze. (Josh Howald photo)


Kincardine fire chief Jamie MacKinnon reported that the family of four awoke shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday to the blaring noise of smoke alarms They escaped with only the clothes they were wearing, just before the house became engulfed.


Neighbour and friend Rekha Deshpande said the home is owned by Sanjay Kalra and his wife Rachalna. They have a 10-year-old daughter Priya, who attends Huron Heights Public School. Deshpande didn’t name a fourth occupant.


She said the family purchased the home new just one year ago, and has lived in Kincardine since 2000. Sanjay is employed by Bruce Power and Rachalna formerly worked for Steelback Brewery. She said the Kalras are wonderful people.


“They are a very friendly family,” she said.


Deshpande feels for the family, which lost virtually everything in the blaze, but she is grateful they escaped the fire uninjured.


“At least they are all safe,” she said.


The family is currently staying at a hotel in Kincardine.


In a media release, MacKinnon said when firefighters arrived on the scene, the front half of the home was engulfed and the garage roof had caved in. A minivan in the driveway was also ablaze. Firefighters managed to save the back portion of the home, but it was heavily damaged by smoke and water.


MacKinnon praised the 25 Kincardine and Tiverton firefighters who managed to contain the fire and keep it from spreading to neighbouring homes. Westario Power also responded quickly and cut off power to the home.


Damage to the home is estimated at $180,000. The fire marshall was at the home Monday conducting an investigation. A cause has not yet been determined, but the fire is not considered suspicious.

This is just terrible. Im

This is just terrible. Im glad everyone is safe. Adding elements like on communities can make the firefighting quick and response can be easy. This shouldn't be happening again though it's an accident.