Petawawa family displaced by fire
The Kingston Whig Standard
 
PETAWAWA – A family of eight has been displaced after fire destroyed their home.
 
The Petawawa Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire on Bedard Boulevard in the Laurentian Highlands subdivision just after 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14. Crews arrived within seven minutes and were faced with heavy fire exiting the roof from the south west side of the detached single-family home, according to a release issued by Fire Chief Steve Knott.
 
One all members of the family were accounted for, fire crews initiated an exterior defensive attack due to high winds and unsafe conditions. It took approximately two hours, 16 firefighters, three pumpers, one utility truck and a heavy rescue pumper to bring the fire under control. Garrison Petawawa Fire Department provided assistance with one pumper and crew, the chief noted.

At this time there are no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters, but the family’s dog and five puppies perished in the fire, according to the information on the GoFundMe page which has been set up for the family.

Fire crews remained on scene throughout the night and into Wednesday morning, checking for fire extension and conducting overhaul operations. The structure has been deemed a total loss. The cause of fire is currently under investigation by the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office and the Town of Petawawa Fire Department.

Members of the Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police, County of Renfrew Paramedics, Petawawa public works department, Hydro One, Ontario Clean Water Agency and Enbridge also attended the scene.

To support the family through the GoFundMe campaign, visit https://bit.ly/3E1cHlb. The family is living in temporary accommodations and a meal train has also been started to help the family, which includes six children ranging in age from seven to 15 years. To sign up to provide a meal for the family, visit https://bit.ly/3GNHljW.

 

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