Home-repair warning issued; damage $60K in garage fire: Chatham-Kent police

A garage fire in Chatham caused $60,000 in damage on Saturday, fire officials say.

Damage set at $60,000 in Saturday garage fire

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A garage fire in Chatham caused $60,000 in damage on Saturday, fire officials say.

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Firefighters from three stations dealt with the emergency at 838 Grand Ave. E., just before 7 pm Chatham-Kent police were also on hand.

No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire was listed as undetermined.

Family dispute leads to warrant arrest

A Chatham man wanted by the OPP on an arrest warrant was apprehended after police were called about a family dispute on Saturday.

The 23-year-old suspect, wanted by the Essex OPP on a charge of assault with a weapon, was arrested and turned over to the provincial police, Chatham-Kent police say.

The arrest followed the police response to the call on Park Avenue.

Police issue fraud warning

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Chatham-area police are warning consumers to be wary of door-to-door sales pitches for paving and other work, such as home repairs, after receiving complaints about contracts for such work not being honored.

“We want to caution regarding door-to-door sales for construction or handyman services such as asphalt and paving, and home repairs,” police said. “While reputable companies undoubtedly engage in door-to-door sales, many scams and unethical practices are associated with this type of marketing.”

Here are a few warning signs to keep in mind:

  • High-pressure sales tactics
  • Lack of credentials
  • No written contract
  • Lack of references
  • Unusually low prices
  • Unsolicited offers

Police say it’s essential for consumers to do their research and take the time to make an informed decision when it comes to door-to-door sales for construction and handyman services. “Be bold, ask questions, and do your due diligence before signing a contract or depositing (funds).”

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