St. Catharines house fire shows need for smoke alarms: acting chief
The Standard
 

A fire that gutted a St. Catharines home early Sunday shows why it's vital to have working smoke alarms inside, says acting fire Chief Jeff McCormick.

Firefighters were called to 57 Glengarry Rd. at 1:26 a.m. and arrived to find flames shooting out the roof. All occupants, including two pet cats, escaped safely.

"You need to know how to react in times of emergencies, such as a house fire, and that can only happen by developing and practising a home escape plan," McCormick said in a news release.

The home was gutted and damage is estimated at $350,000. Investigators haven't determined a cause yet.

The Ontario Fire Code requires all homes to have working smoke alarms on every level and outside sleeping areas, and working carbon monoxide alarms adjacent to sleeping areas.

"Time is never on your side during a house fire," said McCormick, adding no one should ever re-enter a house fire.

"Smoke alarms provide residents with early warning to ensure a safe and quick exit. When there is a fire, everyone needs to get outside to safety and stay outside."

For more information on smoke or carbon monoxide alarms, or Ontario Fire Code requirements, phone St. Catharines Fire and Emergency Services' fire prevention office at 905-688-5601 ext. 4224.

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