A firefighter was injured during a roof collapse while battling a blaze in Barrhaven that spread to the house next door.
Multiple 9-1-1 calls reported smoke and flames coming from a single family home on Sutcliffe Terrace.
Trucks were responding to the call to dispatch additional resources to the scene. Firefighters arrived four minutes after getting the call and confirmed the garage was fully engulfed in smoke and flames and had spread to the neighbour’s home. Firefighters began an aggressive attack and set up an aerial ladder to flow water from above.
At 2:09 p.m., while fighting the fire from the inside, there was a partial roof collapse which landed on a firefighter. The injured firefighter was able to self extricate from the fire with the assistance of his crew and was transported to hospital.
The homeowners all exited safely and notified firefighters of five family pets inside. Firefighters were able to rescue all five pets (three dogs, a cat, and a rabbit) from the fire. Oxygen was given to multiple pets. At 2:25 p.m. Firefighters completed searching the structure and it was confirmed to other occupants were inside. The fire that spread to the neighbour’s house was declared under control at 2:32 p.m.. The fire in the main structure was declared under control at 2:37 p.m. A family of four has been displaced.