West Avenue fire believed to have started in upstairs bedroom

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The Corner Brook Royal Newfoundland Constabulary say a fire on West Avenue on Saturday was accidental in nature. Police say the investigation into the fire has been concluded and while the fire investigator was able to pinpoint the point of origin as being an upstairs bedroom, the ignition source could not be determined due to the extent of damage to the home. The fire call was received at about 4:45 p.m. on Saturday and was responded to by the police and the Corner Brook Fire Department. The three residents of the home were outside when the fire department arrived. Paramedics from Western Health also attended the scene and assisted two of the residents, who were checked at Western Memorial Regional Hospital for possible smoke inhalation. A firefighter is still undergoing testing today at Western Memorial after being treated for possible smoke inhalation. The Canadian Red Cross was also called in to help and in a press release issued Sunday said it provided a woman in her 80s and two men in their 50s with emergency logdging, food, clothing, personal-care items and blankets. Two pets, a dog and a cat, were also rescued from the home. The dog was temporarily looked after by a neighbour while firefighters fought the fire and the cat has since been place in a foster home by Scaredy Cat Rescue. The fire investigation was carried out by a RNC fire investigator and an officer from the RNC’s forensic identification section.

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

Geographic location: West Avenue

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