Windsor Drive cottage fire damages could be as high as $770,000

Updated information:

The Muskoka Lakes Fire Department says the estimated property loss in yesterday’s Windsor Drive cottage fire is between $370,000 and $570,000 for the structure and $200,000 for the content

The fire was started as a result of a campfire that was last used on Sunday, two days earlier.

The fire quickly spread across the land and caught the cottage on fire. This is evidence of the dry conditions throughout the area and the reasoning for the Fire Danger Rating to be at “Extreme”.

While fighting this fire, embers travelled some distance. A secondary bush fire had to be extinguished across the road from the subject property as well as various other spot fires multiple cottages away.

All residents and visitors are reminded that during these “Extreme” conditions there is a complete burning ban.

What this means is that there are NO fires permitted at any time, NO fireworks permitted, No outdoor open flames permitted.

The likelyhood of fire spread is extremly likely as noted by this recent fire.

The Muskoka Lakes Fire Department is taking a zero tolerance approach to offences. Offenders will be subject to a fine of up to $300.00, and/or a fee for service ($125/hour for each apparatus + firefighter wages), and/or summons to appear in court.

Earlier:

At 2pm Tuesday the Muskoka Lakes Fire Department were called to a reported grass fire at 1046 Windsor Drive in Muskoka Lakes Township.

Firefighters from Station 3 – Bala, Station 4 – Torrance/Walker’s Point, and Station 1 – Foot’s Bay/Glen Orchard all responded to the call.

Upon arrival it was noted that the fire was a structure which was fully involved. Fire crews concentrated their initial efforts on protecting the exposures. The blaze was contained to the 1046 Windsor Drive structure and surrounding bush line.

No persons were reported at the cottage. The fire remains under investigation and the dollar loss is pending.