he Oakville Fire Department says residents of a townhouse on Ellen Davidson Drive were unaware a fire was burning on their balcony until firefighters arrived at their door Friday.

Deputy Fire Chief Andy Glynn said firefighters were called to the residence at around 6 p.m., after a passerby noticed smoke coming from the rear balcony and called 911.

“When crews arrived there was smoke and flames showing from the balcony,” said Glynn.

“They proceeded to knock it down from outside.”

The rapid response stopped the flames from spreading into the rest of the home.

Glynn said residents were home when the fire broke out, but were unaware anything was wrong until firefighters arrived.

Damage to the home is estimated at around $2,500.

While the cause of the fire is unknown Glynn is calling on residents to be cautious as the hot weather has created extremely dry conditions where little is needed for a fire to start and spread.

He is asking anyone who plans on cooking outdoors or doing anything involving fire to take extra precautions.