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Updated: Velma Street fire out, flames started in the basement, says deputy fire chief

Occupants displace, staying with family, and no injuries reported

Updated at 3:17 p.m.

While firefighters are still on scene of a house fire on Velma Street in Val Caron, the fire is out, said Deputy Fire Chief Jesse Oshell.

Firefighters remain on scene to ensure nothing is left smouldering, given the vast amount of materials encountered in and around the home, Oshell said. 

Crews spent about four hours dousing the flames. The house was surrounded by trees and bush, making it that much more difficult to fight the fire, he said.

The location of where the fire started has been isolated to the basement of the home, but due to the contents there, the exact cause is still undetermined. The fire is not suspicious, said Oshell. 

There were no injuries, and damage is estimated to be at least $250,000. The occupants are displaced and staying with family.

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Greater Sudbury Fire Service is battling a severe house fire on Velma Street in Val Caron, said the city’s deputy fire chief.

Jesse Oshell said the fire is currently being contained to one area of the house; however, flames have spread throughout the roof.

“It’s a very significant fire,” said Oshell. “We are fighting the fire from the outside only due to the severity of the fire at this time.”

There are no injuries at this time. The occupants of the home are not present, he said, and a search was conducted to determine if there was anyone else in the home.

Six stations are on scene after responding to the call at around 9:30 a.m.