Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Fire Relief Effort underway

A relief effort has been launched as the result of the house fire in Timmins early Tuesday morning that killed one 39-year old man and injured his adult two sons. The name of the man had not been released at the time of this writing.
The alarm was called in around 1:30 Tuesday morning and firefighters from Timmins and Schumacher responded to find heavy smoke and flames.
Although two young men were able to escape the fire, a third person, their 39-year-old father had to be rescued from the house by firefighters. The man had no pulse and was not breathing when he was transported to Timmins and District Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. It is the first fire death in Timmins this year.
A family friend said the two sons suffered smoke inhalation, burns and injuries.
A family member said the older man had been visiting the home to congratulate his son on the birth of his first child on Monday. The mother and the baby are still in Timmins and District Hospital.
Family member Julie Robert said there was great sadness in the family over the loss of the father, but that the relief effort is now needed for the young family which lost everything and had no insurance.
“Please help this young family to get back on their feet and get on with life… to take care of their young angel,” said Robert. The young family lost all their possessions in the fire and had no insurance.
Donations of clothing, small appliances, baby items and baby clothes can be provided to Tracy and Joel Ratte, 270 Kraft Creek Road, telephone 264-8570.
No word has been released on the possible cause of the fire. The Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office has been called to investigate the scene and try to determine the cause.

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