Firefighter in hospital after house fire

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A member of the Corner Brook Fire Department was still in hospital on Sunday being treated for suspected heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation that happened while he was fighting a fire on West Avenue late Saturday afternoon.

The fire occurred in a house on a small street off Caribou Road on the city’s west side.

The Corner Brook Royal Newfoundland Constabulary also attended the fire and an officer at the scene said the fire call was received at approximately 4:50 p.m.

The occupants of the home and a dog were outside when police and the fire department arrived.

The officer was not certain of how many people were in the home, but noted that two were taken to Western Memorial Regional Hospital for possible smoke inhalation. Paramedics from Western Health and Reliable Ambulance assisted the occupants.

A Royal Newfoundland Constabulary press release on Sunday said there were no injuries sustained in the fire. However, Local 1222 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, which represents city firefighters, reported the injured firefighter through its Twitter account.

There was no information available late Sunday on the firefighter’s condition, however an unconfirmed source said he remained in hospital.

The fire department fought the blaze with its aerial ladder and pumper trucks.

The RNC release also stated the cause of the fire has yet to be identified and the investigation is ongoing.

The Canadian Red Cross was called in to offer assistance to the residents.

 

 

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The Corner Brook Fire Department is currently battling a house fire on West Avenue on the city's west side.

The Corner Brook Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is also on the scene.

A police officer at the scene said the fire call was received at about 4:50 p.m. The occupants of the house were outside when police and the fire department arrived.

The officer was not certain of how many people were in the home, but noted that two were taken to Western Memorial Regional Hospital for possible smoke inhalation. Paramedics from Western Health and Reliable Ambulance assisted the occupants.

A dog from the home was being looked after by concerened area residents. And the Canadian Red Cross was called in to assist the residents.

The home is located on a small side street off of Caribou Road. Police had Caribou Road blocked off and expected the road would be closed for some time.

A large number of people gathered on Caribou Road and above the home on Prince Street to watch. But once a heavy rain shower started they began to disperse.

The fire department is using its aerial ladder truck and pumper truck in fighting the fire. A large amount of smoke from the fire was drifting out over the west side and down towards the downtown and a heavy smell of smoke was present.

There is no word right now on what caused the fire.

Organizations: Fire Department, Corner Brook Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, Western Memorial Regional Hospital

Geographic location: Caribou Road, Corner Brook, West Avenue Prince Street

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