Glace Bay house fire sends two firefighters to hospital

Staff ~ The Cape Breton Post
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GLACE BAY — Two firefighters were sent to hospital by ambulance this morning after fighting a house fire.

A member of the Glace Bay Fire Department gets cooled off after coming out of a house at 177 Maple Ave., where a fire broke out Friday morning. About 15 firefighters responded to the fire, which is believed to have started in an area by the basement stairwell.

"Heat exhaustion is what got them," said Jim Taylor, fire chief of the Glace Bay Fire Department.

Taylor said the firefighters, Freddie Mitchell and Gerry Bennett, were both going to be OK.

Firefighters responded to a fire which broke out in a two story structure at 177 Maple Ave. at about 10:15 a.m. Smoke was pouring from the house when firefighters arrived at the scene.  

"Smoke was coming from the kitchen window in the back and all the eaves at the top," Taylor said.

"There was smoke coming from all four sides of the house."

Neighbours at the scene said a couple with three children live in the house. The house was vacant at the time of the fire.

Taylor said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but it appears at this time to have started in the area of the stairwell of the basement.

The scene has been secured pending an investigation by the fire marshal and Cape Breton Regional Police Service forensic identification unit.

More to come.

Organizations: Glace Bay Fire Department.Taylor, Cape Breton Regional Police Service

Geographic location: Glace Bay

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  • Stewart LeForte
    September 27, 2013 - 17:44

    God bless all our volunteer Fire Fighters who risk their own lives to save others. And, the same is true for our Ground Search and Rescue volunteers. We, in the CBRM, are blessed and fortunate to have men and women who will leave the warmth of their own homes, their own families, etc. to go out of their way to help others in needs.