Portable heater probable cause of injury fire
A fire marshal investigator believes a portable heater caused a house fire on Spry Lake Road that left a 17-year-old with serious injuries and also injured three others.
The Oct. 31 fire reported at 3:47 a.m., that fully engulfed the South Bruce Peninsula home originated in the living room near an upholstered chair, fire investigator Mike Ross said in an interview Nov. 1
“The one thing I’m sort of down to is that I have an infrared portable heater that’s in the area of origin,” he said.
He hasn’t determined the “mode of failure” yet, he said. The heater may have been “too close to the upholstered chair” or an “overload of the electrical circuit supplying the heater itself” caused the fire.
The house was heated by a woodstove and portable heaters, he said.
Ross said the occupants heard the fire prior to activation of the smoke alarm, and said the detectors were “somewhat remote to where the fire started.”
The 17-year-old boy’s condition was upgraded to serious from lifethreatening and of the others, “two were treated for smoke exposure and a third has serious burns and smoke exposure,” Bruce Peninsula OPP Const. Adam Belanger said in a news release and separate, emailed response to questions.
The fire is not considered suspicious, he said.
Police have said a 44-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman were in the home with the 17-yearold, while an 18-year-old woman was in a second structure.
Meanwhile, one effort to help is being organized by Deborah Diebel at the Bluewater Outdoor Education Centre, located near the fire scene. Search for the centre on Facebook to see what’s needed.
A GoFundMe page, found by searching Kimball/Renouf Family, has raised $2,545 towards a stated $20,000 goal by 5 p.m. Nov. 1
That site identifies the victims as Nyk Kimball, Nicole Renouf, Jared Kimball and Cassie Renouf.
It says Jared and Nicole were airlifted to London, Jared with lifethreatening injuries, and Nicole stable but in serious condition with third-degree burns. Nyk was treated and released for smoke inhalation. Cassie was in another building and sustained no injuries, the GoFundMe page said.
Two dogs were lost due to the fire, along with the family’s possessions, it said.
The household had no insurance and will be incurring “insurmountable costs while in London.