Tenants taken to hospital after fire rips through home

Tenants taken to hospital after fire rips through home
By Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles
North Bay Nugget
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Four tenants were taken to North Bay Regional Health Centre after a fire ripped through their home shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The fire at 498 Cartier Street was so intense that it had already blown out the windows on the main floor when firefighters arrived on scene.

Jeremy Girard was on his way to bring his child to daycare when he saw smoke billowing out from the home.

“I jumped out of my vehicle and ran to the carport to make sure everyone was out of the home,” he told The Nugget.

Girard said the smoke was so bad the offered the tenants, who are students from either Nipissing University or Canadore College, refuge in his truck.

“The smoke was so bad you couldn't see your hand in front of your face. And that was from the sidewalk,” he said.

“They waited in my truck until the ambulance arrived to take them to the hospital.”

Girard said the tenants were in shock and had no idea how the fire started.

“You have to help people when you see them in trouble. I would want someone to do the same for me.”

Deputy Fire Chief Greg Saunders said the home's working smoke alarms alerted the tenants in the home of the fire.

He said the tenants were barely able to safely evacuate the home and call 911.

“They were able to escape with just the clothes they wore to bed that night. The four tenants were taken to hospital by ambulance.”

Saunders said fire personnel put themselves at risk by initiating an offensive interior fire attack and search of the structure for other potential victims, fortunately no other victims were found.

“The offensive fire attack strategy employed meant fire crews were able to quickly and effectively suppress the fire thus limiting the already substantial damage to the home.”

Fire prevention personnel are on scene investigating the cause of the fire. Damage estimates are not yet known at this time.

Saunders said it was a busy morning for fire crews who were responding to three calls within a short period of time.

At the time the fire call came in, fire crews from Station Two, were at Jack Garland Airport responding to a call.

Two minutes after the fire call was received fire crews were also dispatched to a two-vehicle accident on Pinewood Park Drive. Fire crews from Station Three were required to attend the motor vehicle collision.

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