2 volunteer firefighters injured when floor collapses

Two firefighters are in stable condition after they fell through the floor of a house while battling a fire in Stittsville Monday afternoon.

2 Ottawa firefighters in stable condition after falling through floor of burning house in Stittsville

Two volunteer firefighters were injured when they fell through the floor of this home at 24 Snowberry Way. (Scott Stilborn/Ottawa Fire Services)

Two firefighters had a very close call after they fell through the floor of a house while battling a fire in Stittsville Monday afternoon.

The fire crews were called to 24 Snowberry Way, said Ottawa Fire Services spokesperson Danielle Cardinal.

Crews were battling the two-alarm blaze when two volunteer firefighters fell through a collapsing floor and one of them needed to be rescued from the building. They were taken to hospital where they are in stable condition, said fire Chief Gerry Pingitore.

"Fortunately the firefighter was rescued very rapidly, but that firefighter was in critical condition when they extricated him from the basement area. He was unresponsive," he said.  

Induced coma

Pingitore said the firefighter was quickly treated by paramedics and rushed to hospital with a police escort.

"He was fully conscious and alert when he arrived at the hospital," he said.

The firefighter is being treated in hospital and is an induced coma, but Pingitore said he is expected to be fine.

Pingitore said the entire incident will be investigated to see what went wrong and what caused the fire.

A resident of the home was also assessed for injuries, but was not transported to hospital.