Two firefighters sustain injuries while fighting Dominion house fire

Staff ~ The Cape Breton Post
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SYDNEY — Two firefighters with the Dominion Volunteer Fire Department sustained minor injuries after battling a house fire on Saturday.

Chief Murray McNeil said one was treated for smoke inhalation while a second was treated for a back injury after he lost his footing on a ladder. Both were treated in hospital and released.

McNeil said the call came in around 4:30 a.m. Saturday concerning a fire in one-half of a company house on Brook Street.

Like most firefighters, McNeil is keenly aware of the dangers fire presents in such structures.

"These types of fire are tough to fight and take time given the nature of the structure which has no fire walls or other safety features," he said.

"The fire travelled quickly from an outlet on the ground floor and shot up immediately to the attic," said McNeil, adding the blaze was confined to only one side of the complex.

Some 16 firefighters from Dominion were on scene and were joined by six others called out from the Reserve Mines department.

McNeil said residents and pets on both sides of the home all managed to leave the building safely.

The side which suffered the fire is not livable but McNeil said residents on the other side of the building were able to return home once firefighters gave the all clear signal.

Organizations: Dominion house, Reserve Mines department

Geographic location: Brook Street

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