Close call in Clarke's Beach
A 57-year-old man escaped with burns to his hands and head following a devastating house fire in Clarke’s Beach during the very early hours of Friday, April 27. The home, located at No. 7 Riverside Avenue, was levelled in the blaze.
The dwelling was undergoing an extension and renovation. The man was asleep in the living room, and was awakened by the smell of smoke. According to family members, he crawled to the rear of the house and escaped through a patio door.
A car parked in front of the house was also damaged, and the siding on a nearby dwelling was melted. Volunteers with the Bay de Grave regional fire department received the call shortly before 2 a.m. Chief Jeremy Hall was one of the first on the scene, and said the house was completely ablaze by the time he arrived.
It was the third major fire for the brigade in less than three weeks. This includes a tragic fire at another house fire in Clarke’s Beach on April 18 that claimed the life of Dorothy Lorraine Anthony. The latest incident remains under investigation.
Hall estimated that some members of the brigade had performed some 150 hours of volunteer service in recent days. For more on the Bay de Grave fire department, see Page A3.