Hamilton man in hospital after trying to put out a fire in his basement

A man is in hospital with serious injuries after trying to extinguish a fire in the basement of east Mountain home.

The man initially had no vital signs, but firefighters and paramedics revived him

Fire crews arrived at 4 East 44th St., where the homeowner was without vital signs before fire and paramedics revived him. (David Ritchie/CBC)

A man is in hospital with serious injuries after trying to extinguish a fire in the basement of his east Mountain home.

Emergency crews were called to 4 East 44th Street just before 1 p.m. Sunday. The homeowner was sitting in the driveway when the first crew arrived, said Dave Cunliffe, chief of Hamilton Fire. By the time the second truck arrived, the man had no vital signs. 

Firefighters and paramedics revived him on scene, Cunliffe said, and the man is in hospital now. 

There were five people in the house altogether, said Staff Sgt. John Pauls of the Hamilton Police Service. Another person received minor injures.

The fire started and was contained to the basement, Cunliffe said. Firefighters quickly extinguished it.

Cunliffe said the injured man appeared to be trying to put it out himself.

"If you detect a fire in your house, please exit the house and call 9-1-1," he said. 

The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal is en route to investigate. 


Samantha Craggs is a CBC News reporter based in Hamilton, Ont. She has a particular interest in politics and social justice stories, and tweets live from Hamilton city hall. Follow her on Twitter at @SamCraggsCBC, or email her at samantha.craggs@cbc.ca


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