Victim Made the 9-1-1 Call
THREE PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN A HOUSE FIRE near Toronto in Whitby, Ontario, Sunday morning. The fire started shortly after midnight in a 1-½ story house that had been divided into apartments. The three victims were all in the basement unit and one of them apparently was the caller who reported the fire saying that they were trapped in the basement and could not get out.
The firefighters found the upper level of the house well involved on arrival and soon located the three victims, all of them already succumbed to the toxic atmosphere. They were transported to the hospital where they were later pronounced.
TV station CP24 is reporting:
The three victims were residing in a basement apartment. Several other occupants, who lived on the main floor, were not home at the time.
"It was a single one and a half storey building made into apartments and it made things a little tight for the firefighters in terms of finding their way around,"Chief Michael Gerrard of the Whitby Fire Department told CP24 at the scene. "Things were a little slower than if it had of been a normal structure."
According to Durham Regional Police, the victims have been identified but their names are being witheld pending notification of next of kin.
The fire was knocked down in 30 minutes.
The investigators say that they expect to be on the scene until Tuesday working to determine the cause. They do not yet know if the house had working smoke detectors.
CBC has the story and more details HERE.
They report that the nearest hydrant malfunctioned but it had no effect on the fire attack operations.
A next-door neighbor took his home video of the fire:
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