It was the very definition of a “neighbourhood watch” situation on Belleville’s Dufferin Avenue early last evening.
Alarms were going off at a home on the east end street and residents noticed smoke.
They quickly located which house had a problem and banged on the door to get residents out.
It turned out that a clothes dryer had caught fire while the people living at 306 Dufferin were out walking their dog.
The Belleville fire department had the fire out quickly, containing damage to the laundry room, but there was smoke damage throughout the 2 storey house. The cause is under investigation but is not suspicious.
Damage is estimated at $25,000. No one was injured.