Se­nior res­cued from burn­ing house in Camp­bell­ford

Taken to Peter­bor­ough Re­gional Health Cen­tre fol­low­ing $300K fire


CAMP­BELL­FORD — Fire­fight­ers res­cued an el­derly man they found ly­ing on the floor after a house fire Sunday at the cor­ner of Cock­burn and Sec­ond streets in Camp­bell­ford.

The fire was re­ported just be­fore noon Sunday and fire­fight­ers were at the scene less than four min­utes after. “It was go­ing pretty good when we got here,” Trent Hills fire de­part­ment Chief Tim Blake said. Flames and smoke were “pretty heavy,” which made for “ad­verse con­di­tions” when fire­fight­ers en­tered the sin­gle-storey house.

A neigh­bour spot­ted smoke in the porch and alerted a fire­fighter, Joe Robert­son, who put the call out that a struc­ture fire was in progress and that a per­son was pos­si­bly trapped in­side, Blake said.

“The search team went in, found an el­derly man on the (liv­ing room) floor (and) brought him out,” Blake said.

He had been “over­come by the smoke.”

Paramedics took him to

Camp­bell­ford Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal where he was “treated and sta­bi­lized” be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to Peter­bor­ough Re­gional Health Cen­tre.

The man’s fe­male part­ner “was asleep in the back bed­room at the time,” Blake said.

Robert­son woke her up with his knock­ing on the locked front door and she came out on her own.

She was taken to hos­pi­tal but re­turned home later the same day.

There are smoke alarms in the house, but they are “re­mote from where the fire was, so that’s why they didn’t go off,” Blake said.

The porch is be­ing looked at as “area of ori­gin” and is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the On­tario Fire Mar­shal’s Of­fice.

“We have no rea­son to be­lieve right now that it was any­thing sus­pi­cious,” Christo­pher Par­tridge, one of the in­ves­ti­ga­tors, said Monday morn­ing.

A “lot of the rooms (were left) un­touched” be­cause their doors were shut, so “the fire was un­able to spread,” he said.

Blake es­ti­mated dam­age at around $300,000, with the fire hav­ing gone into the at­tic.


Trent Hills Fire Chief Tim Blake, left, and On­tario Fire Mar­shal’s Of­fice in­ves­ti­ga­tor Christo­pher Par­tridge said Monday the cause of a house fire Sunday in Camp­bell­ford is still to be de­ter­mined.

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