Two fire­fight­ers fall through floor of home

One placed in in­duced coma, other es­capes in­jury

Ottawa Citizen - - CITY - ADAH VANDERZWAM

Two Ot­tawa vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers plunged through the floor of a Stittsville house on Mon­day while bat­tling a mas­sive blaze that erupted in a base­ment elec­tri­cal panel, prompt­ing an emer­gency res­cue oper­a­tion.

The two were help­ing to res­cue a res­i­dent at 24 Snow­berry Way when they fell. The res­i­dent, a man whose name was not re­leased, was treated at the scene for smoke in­hala­tion.

Fire Chief Gerry Pin­gi­tore said the two fire­fight­ers were mak­ing their way to the source of the fire when the floor col­lapsed.

“One fire­fighter was able to sel­f­res­cue. The other fire­fighter could not,” he said.

The fire­fighter who saved him­self climbed up a fire hose. A rapid in­ter­ven­tion team pulled the sec­ond fire­fighter, who was un­re­spon­sive and in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, to safety.

Both men were taken by paramedics to the Queensway-Car­leton Hos­pi­tal.

Pin­gi­tore said the un­con­scious fire­fighter “was fully … alert when he ar­rived at the hos­pi­tal … in­di­cat­ing that he knew what hap­pened” be­fore he was placed in an in­duced coma. He was in sta­ble con­di­tion Mon­day night. The first fire­fighter was ex­pected to leave the hos­pi­tal with no in­juries.


Fire­fight­ers bat­tle a blaze at a house on Snow­berry Way in Stittsville on Mon­day. A res­i­dent was treated for smoke in­hala­tion.


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