Man escapes burning home

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Norm Pedersen only took a few minutes away from the stove to log on to his computer yesterday, but it was enough time to catch his home on fire.

He was cooking bacon in the kitchen of his mobile home on 1 Cedar Dr. on Tuesday morning when he said the fire started.

Man escapes burning home

Norm Pedersen only took a few minutes away from the stove to log on to his computer yesterday, but it was enough time to catch his home on fire.

He was cooking bacon in the kitchen of his mobile home on 1 Cedar Dr. on Tuesday morning when he said the fire started.

I went out to my back room to log onto my computer and was there for maybe three to five minutes, said Pedersen, who sat in his car with his two dogs while firefighters put out the blaze. When I came back out there was the fire.

He ran next door and asked his neighbour to call the Amherst Fire Department, which responded immediately shortly after 11 a.m. Pedersen and his two dogs escaped the home safely, while his wife was at work.

Neighbour Mark McCully placed the call, and reported seeing plenty of smoke and flames at the time.

Flames were shooting out of the kitchen, he said. Ive never seen a fire that close before.

McCully said he was glad everyone was safe, but felt concern for his neighbour.

Ive known Norm for awhile, and used to mow his lawn, he said. Hes a good fella and a hard-working guy, so its a shame to see something like that happen.

Pedersen was not sure where they would stay last night, but said that he had family in town.

Firefighters had the blaze under control and out quickly, and after a preliminary investigation Capt. John Matthews confirmed that it appeared to have been a cooking fire. Damage was unknown.



awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Amherst Fire Department

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