Fire deemed non-sus­pi­cious

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GRAND FALLS-WIND­SOR, NL – The fire on Ped­dle Drive is not be­lieved to be sus­pi­cious, ac­cord­ing to RCMP.

While they posted a guard for pre­cau­tion­ary rea­sons March 12, po­lice had left the house by the morn­ing of March 13, af­ter a fire in­ves­ti­ga­tor had at­tended the scene.

No crim­i­nal charges have been filed.

The Grand Falls-Wind­sor Fire Depart­ment re­sponded to the call for ser­vice around 4:15 a.m. March 12, as did RCMP. Fire Chief Vince MacKenzie told the Ad­ver­tiser it was dif­fi­cult to drive up the road and ap­proach the fire be­cause of thick smoke.

“Crews did an ex­cel­lent job in knock­ing down the fire,” said MacKenzie. “They had the fire knocked down in about 20 min­utes, but it took prob­a­bly two hours then to do a mop up.”

The lone oc­cu­pant of the house was a se­nior cit­i­zen who was asleep at the time of the fire. She was wo­ken by her smoke alarm, ac­cord­ing to the fire chief.

“I lis­tened to her ac­count of the fire this morn­ing,” said MacKenzie. “It sent chills up my spine how close it was for her. She was able to make an es­cape, and I at­tribute her life be­ing saved to a smoke alarm.”

The woman was met with heavy smoke when open­ing her bed­room door. She pro­ceeded down her hall­way and was hit in the face by the door that con­nects the house to the garage. The woman then made her way to a neigh­bour’s home, from which paramedics took her to hospi­tal. She has since been re­leased.

There is ex­ten­sive dam­age to the home, though some per­sonal be­long­ings are sal­vage­able, said MacKenzie. He also noted there was heavy fire in the rear of the home, and that the sof­fit was melt­ing on all four sides of the house, in­di­cat­ing fire in the at­tic as well. Re­spon­ders had to pull down ceil­ings and ex­pose hid­den fires.

“It was a very dan­ger­ous fire for the crews,” said MacKenzie. “They were able to do a good job and stop the fire where it was.”

MacKenzie was com­pli­men­tary of the 25 fire­fight­ers who at­tended the blaze. They left the scene at around 7 a.m.

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