Fam­ily, friends hope for re­cov­ery of man in­jured in fire

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CHRIS HAYES chayes@cb­post.com

SYD­NEY — Fam­ily and friends were anx­iously await­ing word about a man se­verely burned in a fire in Whit­ney Pier, Mon­day evening.

Dwayne Dal­ton, 41, was trans­ported to the Queen El­iz­a­beth II Health Sciences Cen­tre in Hal­i­fax, late Mon­day af­ter he was burned in a fire that broke out dur­ing ren­o­va­tion work at his house at 22 MacLeod’s Hill.

A hospi­tal spokesman con­firmed Tues­day af­ter­noon that the fire vic­tim was in se­ri­ous con­di­tion.

Bri­tish Columbia res­i­dent Shan­non Lester, in an email to the Cape Bre­ton Post, iden­ti­fied Dal­ton, her brother-in-law, as the man who was se­verely burned in the fire.

Lester said Dal­ton, a fa­ther of four chil­dren with an­other on the way, was ren­o­vat­ing the house to make room for the new ad­di­tion to the fam­ily and de­scribed her brother-in-law as a very giv­ing per­son who wears his heart on his sleeve. Her sis­ter was en route to Hal­i­fax to be with her hus­band Tues­day af­ter­noon, she said,

The fam­ily wasn’t home at the time of the fire.

Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice said an­other man who was work­ing on the house was treated at the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hospi­tal in Syd­ney late Mon­day for in­juries which were not life-threat­en­ing. A hospi­tal spokesman said the sec­ond man was re­leased af­ter treat- ment.

Lester iden­ti­fied him as Dal­ton’s brother, Gary.

Deputy Chief Richard Bul­ley of the Cape Bre­ton Fire Ser­vices said Tues­day af­ter­noon that the cause of the fire was not yet con­firmed and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was con­tin­u­ing as po­lice had yet to in­ter­view a num­ber of peo­ple.

Fire in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­cluded the fire while in­tense was not an ex­plo­sion, as had been ear­lier re­ported, he said.

“The house was fully in­volved when the fire depart­ment ar­rived at the scene,” he said.

Bul­ley said the house was se­verely dam­aged.

Lester, in a read­ers’ com­ment on the Cape Bre­ton Post web­site, urged the com­mu­nity to help the fam­ily with do­na­tions of cloth­ing, and pos­si­bly food.

A fam­ily friend sug­gested a ben­e­fit dance for the fam­ily.

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