Firefighter falls through floor of burning Ottawa building
Beleaguered firefighter managed to escape blaze through a window after mayday issued
An Ottawa firefighter who fell through a floor while responding to a call on Thursday is safe, according to fire officials.
Ottawa Fire Services spokesperson Marc Messier tweeted around 2:30 p.m. Thursday crews were responding to a report of heavy smoke coming from a bungalow at 4234 Thunder Road, near Ottawa’s Greely neighbourhood.
He said a mayday had been issued, then cancelled, after the firefighter who fell through a floor got himself out through a window.
A hose had been lowered down to try and pull him up, but the firefighter saw the light of the window and was able to exit that way, Messier said.
He suffered a minor shoulder injury and was taken to hospital by paramedics.
Crews had to pull out of the building and attack the fire from the outside because of its intensity, and needed tanker trucks to bring water to the scene, Messier said, because there are no hydrants in the area.
He added that the fire started in the building’s rear corner and spread to the attic. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.
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