Fire at heritage home in Fernwood

Smoke could be seen coming from the top of a home in Fernwood Wednesday morning.

Fire crews were called to the scene of a small blaze at a heritage home in Fernwood Wednesday morning.

Smoke could be seen pouring out from the top of a steeple on the home at around 9:15 a.m.

A total of 17 members of the Victoria Fire Department responded to the blaze, including a ladder truck that was brought to help firefighters access the steep roof.

One group of firefighters attacked the fire from the inside, locating it in the attic above the second floor.

Those on the roof tried to attack the fire with a hose, but first needed an axe and then a chainsaw to break away parts of the roof to get closer to the source of the fire.

Officials say there was significant water damage throughout the main and upper floors, and fire damage was contained to the attic and roof areas.

According to the owner, the building was properly insured and all tenants had independent insurance coverage as well.

An investigation into the cause is still underway.