Sarnia firefighters rescue, revive occupant in house fire

SARNIA — A person is recovering in hospital after firefighters here rescued and resuscitated a resident and a cat following a fire that engulfed a home Tuesday evening.

At least 15 firefighters from three stations arrived at a basement fire in a four-plex on Hampton Avenue at about 8 p.m. They found smoke streaming out the front door of the two-storey home - writes

Firefighters contained the blaze to the basement unit, Sarnia Fire Services said. Residents of the three other units were able to return home that night.

The person revived by firefighters was transported to Toronto hospital. The person’s condition was not known as of mid-morning Wednesday, fire officials said. A cat was also found in the building and resuscitated.

Early estimates peg damage to the building and its contents at $80,000. The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal, which investigates all fatal fires or ones that cause serious injuries in the province, said careless smoking is a likely cause.

Sarnia fire crews were also battling a separate blaze in a wheat field on Churchill Line when the four-plex fire broke out.

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