Working Smoke Detector Saves Lives in North Syndicate Avenue Fire

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Thunder Bay Fire Rescue
Thunder Bay Fire Rescue

THUNDER BAY – An overnight fire has caused heavy damage to a North Syndicate Avenue home. Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Platoon Chief, John Kaplanis reports that just after 1:00 am this morning, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue responded to a report of a structural fire in the 200 block of N. Syndicate Ave.

Responding fire crews from nearby Station 1 reported seeing a large plume of flame and smoke almost immediately upon leaving their station, thus prompting the initiation of a second alarm for this fire. Upon arrival heavy smoke and flame was showing from the exterior of the rear of the 2 ½ storey residential structure.

Firefighters quickly established an offensive attack of the fire at the rear of the structure while additional firefighters entered the home to conduct a simultaneous search of the occupancy for potential victims inside.

Occupants of the home had managed to self-evacuate from the front of the home through a window on the first floor.

An adult male and female along with their young child managed to escape the blaze when they were alerted by a working smoke detector in the home.

However, one occupant of the home did require medical attention. That occupant was treated and transported to Thunder Bay Regional Hospital by EMS for medical care.

Kaplanis says that “Additional fire crews arrived on scene to support fire attack and interior search operations which resulted in the family’s pet dog being safely rescued by firefighters. Fire crews confirmed that no one else was inside the home at the time of the fire. Fire crews quickly brought the fire under control, however exterior damage to the residential structure was quite extensive while the rear of the interior portion of the home also sustained heavy fire damage from fire extension.”

Upon complete extinguishment by TBFR, the fire scene was left in the care and control of the Thunder Bay Police Service to complete an investigation of the incident along with Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Investigators. A total of five Pumpers, a Command Unit and an aerial ladder responded to this incident.

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