Eduardo Lafforgue, president of the NOTL Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Niagara, thanked the town's volunteer firefighters on Monday during a meeting of council.
Lafforgue's house on Anne Street was badly damaged by a fire Jan. 8, after a truck caught fire in his neighbour's driveway and the flames spread to both homes.
He said the house will need to be torn down.
“I would just like to do a public recognition for our firefighters,” he said. “It was very, very, very scary and very, very difficult, but I was impressed and amazed by the professionalism of our firefighters.”
Lafforgue personally thanked chief Nick Ruller and deputy chief Jay Plato.
“Thank you so much for your professionalism, for your kindness. You kept me updated all the time of what was happening, of what was going on. And just seeing you working up there in the roof was amazing.”
It took only five minutes from the time he called 911 “and they were already on the roof.”
He said he will be putting their names forward as local heroes for the town's heroes project.