Chelsea, Que., fire engulfs home, injuring one woman

A Chelsea, Que., woman was treated for burns after her home became fully engulfed in a fire Wednesday evening.
Firefighters worked to douse hot spots after putting out the blaze at the residential home in Chelsea, Que. (Rafael Tremblay/Radio-Canada)

A Chelsea, Que., woman was treated for burns after her home became fully engulfed in a fire Wednesday evening.

Firefighters were called at about 4:30 p.m. after multiple reports of smoke and fire from the home art 23 Ch. Loretta Loop.

Fire chief Andre Hamelin said by the time firefighters arrived, the blaze had spread to 80 per cent of the roof.

Chelsea firefighters sought aid from the neighbouring municipality Cantley, which supplied a tanker truck. Some 25 volunteer firefighters from the two municipalities battled the blaze.

Firefighters battled the fire at 23 Chemin Loretta Loop on the evening of Sept. 21. (Courtesy Marc Philion)

Smoke rose from the blaze during evening rush hour, and was visible in both Gatineau and Ottawa.

One woman living in the home was able to get out, though she suffered burns. Neighbours said they kept her from returning to the building in search of one of her dogs.

The fire was contained but fire crews continue to douse what remains of the structure.

"It was already a loss when we got here," said Hamelin. "We just tried to protect the surrounding of the building."

Hamelin said they are investigating the cause, but suspect a mosquito coil left burning on a table might have started the fire.

Chelsea, Que., firefighters contacted their colleagues in the nearby municipality of Cantley to assist with the fire. (Courtesy Marc Philion)
The plume of smoke from the fire was visible for kilometres and slowed traffic during the evening commute. (Courtesy Anne Michaud)