Fa­ther res­cues son, 13, from blaze

SundayXtra - - TOP NEWS - BY BILL REDEKOP

A fa­ther who rushed into a burn­ing home sev­eral times to res­cue his fam­ily was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion along with his 13-year-old son Satur­day.

The fam­ily of six lived in a new sub­urb in the RM of La Bro­querie. Vol­un­teer fire chief Alain Nadeau said the call came in at 5: 51 a. m. Satur­day. The fire started in the at­tached garage. The teenage son had to be res­cued from the base­ment by his fa­ther.

The fa­ther got ev­ery­one out of the house but Nadeau said man and his son were gravely hurt and were rushed to Win­nipeg by am­bu­lance.

“ I think it’s time we started to stress that peo­ple start hav­ing smoke alarms in garages,” said Nadeau. “ You can have a fire in your garage for 40 min­utes and then it punc­tures through the dry­wall and you have to move very fast to get out.”

Three chil­dren along with their mother were able to es­cape the res­i­dence with­out in­juries, Stein­bach RCMP said.

The name of the fam­ily was not re­leased but its mem­bers em­i­grated from Ger­many a few years ago.

The Stein­bach RCMP along with the Of­fice of the Fire Com­mis­sioner are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing. At the present time the fire does not ap­pear to be sus­pi­cious.

Dam­age to the home is es­ti­mated at $ 500,000.

DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

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