Fire in Wheatley

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A Wheatley home was heavily damaged by fire overnight, but no one was injured.

Chatham-Kent fire officials say they were called shortly after 1 a.m. to 40 Elm St. for the report of a structure fire. Crews from Wheatley arrived to see smoke and flames emanating from the rear of the building.

They put in a call for assistance to Tilbury, and the combined effort quickly doused the flames, but not before the building suffered an estimated $175,000 damage.

Fire officials say the cause is still under investigation and they credit working smoke alarms for alerting the occupant to the fire.

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