SHUNIAH – The fast arrival of fire-fighters could not save a Shuniah home last night. Shuniah Fire and Emergency Services report that just before 8:30 pm on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, fire-fighters responded to a report of a house fire in the 100 block of Road 5 South in the Municipality of Shuniah.
The first arriving crews reported a fully involved house fire that had already collapsed. Firefighters contained the fire and had it completely extinguished by approximately 11:00 pm. There was no one home at the time of the fire, no injuries reported, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
About 20 firefighters from SFES and Pass Lake Fire Department were involved in fighting the fire at the height of the emergency. Superior North EMS and the Ontario Provincial Police also responded to the call. All SFES units were back in service at 1:00 am.
Though no one was home at the time of the fire and it is unknown at this point if alarms were operational when flames broke out, this incident serves as a reminder of the importance of working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms have a 10-year life, even hard-wired ones. So in addition to replacing batteries and testing your alarms, we ask that alarms that are older than 10 years be replaced.