Windsor firefighters respond to Valentine's Day house fire

Carole Morris-Underhill
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WINDSOR – Firefighters quickly extinguished a house fire on O'Brien Street in Windsor Sunday afternoon, but not before the RCMP were called in to provide some assistance.

“We did have a confrontational individual out front that the Mounties addressed for us,” said Deputy Fire Chief Jamie Juteau, adding that he could not elaborate on the situation as it's under investigation. He could confirm it was an adult man that was removed from the scene.

The Windsor Fire Department received the call about a possible structure fire Feb. 14 just before 4 p.m. Upon arrival, flames were visible.

“When I arrived here, we had heavy fire coming out the second floor,” said Juteau.

“The first unit... ran lines inside to attack the fire. Then the crews inside thought it was in the basement, at which point we pulled the crews back and sent a crew to the basement,” he said, noting they continued to fight the fire from inside once they were confident in the integrity of the floor's structure.

The occupants of the home, located in the 900 block of O'Brien Street, were able to get outside safely. One Windsor firefighter received minor burns while fighting the fire.

The neighbouring home, which Juteau said was about 10 feet away, did not receive any fire damage.

About 25 Windsor firefighters attended the call. Mutual aid saw one crew from Brooklyn Station 2 in Three Mile Plains provide assistance, and Hantsport stand in at the Windsor station.

“The guys did a phenomenal job,” said Juteau.

The fire call wrapped up around 6:30 p.m.

The provincial fire marshal has been called in to investigate.


Organizations: Windsor Fire Department

Geographic location: O'Brien Street

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