FREDERICTON — A Syrian family of eight was forced to flee their burning home in Fredericton Saturday morning.
Platoon Capt. Mike Mizner says crews were called to a bungalow on the city's north side just after 11:30 a.m.
He says all eight people were out of the house when crews arrived, and the fire was under control in less than an hour.
Crews remained on the scene until around 2 p.m. — about the time a funeral was beginning for seven children of a Syrian refugee couple who died Tuesday in a Halifax fire.
There were no injuries in the Fredericton fire, but the home was badly damaged.
Intesar Saeed of the Multicultural Association of Fredericton told Global News the family is currently staying with another Syrian family.
Saeed says the family includes a 30-year-old mother, 55-year-old father, and six kids ages 14, 13, 12, eight, six and three.
The Canadian Press