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Fire of an unknown origin destroyed a home at 1618 County Road 2, about five kilometres east of Mallorytown on the weekend.

Front of Yonge Fire Chief Greg Halladay said a passerby noticed fire in the single-family dwelling about 11:20 p.m. on Saturday night and called the fire department.

“It had a good start before it was noticed,” said Halladay, adding firefighting crews could do little but contain the blaze when they arrived.

He said the home and contents are a total loss, and pegged damages at $150,000.

Matthew Lorimer, the home's lone occupant, was not there at the time but arrived Sunday morning and spoke with fire officials who had returned to examine the site.

Halladay said the home is insured and the owner will move in with his parents until deciding what to do next.

He said the cause of the fire is undetermined but is not considered suspicious and the Ontario Fire Marshal's Office was not called.

“Fire started in the rear of the home and there's so much structural damage, it's hard to pinpoint the cause,” said Chief Halladay.

Front of Yonge firefighters were aided by crews and equipment from Leeds and Thousand Islands Township and Elizabethtown-Kitley Township.

On a long and hot night, the extra manpower was appreciated, the chief added.

He said the building was close to the road and there was a nearby garage that was not threatened because the winds were blowing in the opposite direction.

There were no injuries reported to the firefighters.

Crews were on the scene until about 4 a.m. on Sunday morning, said Halladay

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