Fire de­stroys home

A man grabs the fam­ily dog and flees his burn­ing home.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY BRIAN MCINNIS AND MITCH MACDON­ALD

Vic­tor Martin says a loud and squawk­ing smoke alarm prob­a­bly saved the life of his son Steve when it woke him from a nap as smoke filled his house af­ter a fire broke out Fri­day night.

Fire de­stroyed the home on Branch Road in Tryon and the fam­ily lost al­most ev­ery­thing ex­cept what was most pre­cious — their lives.

Randy Shaw, pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer for the Cra­paud Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment said the fire was called in just be­fore 6 p.m.

“Within five min­utes we had mem­bers on scene, it was fully en­gulfed,” he said.

Fire­fight­ers were on scene about four hours and had mu­tual aid from the Borden-Car­leton and Kinkora Fire De­part­ments.

“They added man­power and wa­ter,” said Shaw, who de­clined to give fur­ther de­tails on the fire.

Steve Martin’s wife, Robyn, was away so he was home alone tak­ing a nap on the couch when the fire be­gan, said the el­der Martin in an in­ter­view Satur­day. The alarm aroused Steve and he grabbed the fam­ily’s lit­tle dog and fled the house. There were no in­juries.

As Martin spoke to a pho­tog­ra­pher in the back­yard of the black­ened home, a fam­ily mem­ber came out car­ry­ing a box con­tain­ing pho­tos of a fam­ily wed­ding. The box was black with soot, but she and Martin were amazed to see the ir­re­place­able pho­to­graphs were un­harmed.

Vic­tor Martin said he owned the house for four or five years and is not cer­tain how old it is, but said it was part of a farm years ago. He said his son and wife were the only ten­ants.

Martin said Robert Arse­nault, deputy P.E.I. fire mar­shal, has been on the scene, but has not yet de­ter­mined the cause. Martin said he thinks it be­gan in an area of the house that con­tained a re­frig­er­a­tor.

BRIAN MCINNIS/THE GUARDIAN

Fire de­stroyed this home on Branch Road in Tryon Fri­day night and a work­ing smoke alarm is cred­ited with sav­ing a man and his dog from the flames.

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