Close call in Clarke's Beach

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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.

Photo by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

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