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Damage pegged at over $1 million after massive Cambridge house fire (update)

A firefighter was also hurt fighting the fire

Damage is estimated at over $1 million after a massive house fire in Cambridge.

Police say a firefighter was also hurt fighting the fire, and the Ontario Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate.

The fire broke out at a home on Livingstone Crescent Thursday around 8:30 p.m.

"The occupants had self-evacuated out of the home," says Jason Williams Fire Investigator with Ontario Fire Marshal's Office. "The fire rapidly developed, temporarily trapping six firefighters inside of the home."

He says three firefighters became trapped in the basement and were able to escape safely, two on the second level got out through the front door, another firefighter from the second floor suffered second degree burns to his arms and was forced out through a bathroom window onto the garage.

The firefighter who suffered burn injuries was taken to the hospital, but has since been released.

Police say around a dozen people have been evacuated, with help from Grand River Transit and nearby neighbours.

At one point the home was engulfed in flames, with flames shooting out of the roof of the home.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, however Regional Police do not believe it to be suspicious.

"The initial information from the homeowners and fire suppression personnel is that it is believed that it potentially could be attributed to a dryer fire that was in the basement," says Williams.

Both homes beside the scene have been evacuated due to the structural integrity of the charred home.

"The fire has structurally compromised the actual house," says Williams. "So its not safe for any of those homes to be occupied."

He says they will not be able to return home until the scene examination is done, and it will be up to the City of Cambridge to determine when homeowners can return home.

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