The Parry Sound Fire Department was called around 5 AM Tuesday (March 1) to a fire at a home on Riverdale.
Dave Thompson, Parry Sound Fire Chief says when firefighters arrived there was a well-established fire in the basement.
Our crews are currently operating at a residential structure fire. No injuries at this time. Riverdale Road closed to through traffic. Fire operations ongoing. Please stay clear of area. McDougall Fire Department on scene as well. @moosefmcklp @ParrySoundNS pic.twitter.com/QP3nmTVIz2
— Parry Sound FD (@parrysoundfd) March 1, 2022
Thompson says his team had to attack the fire from the outside because the fire was too well established at the time.
He says the main goal was preventing the extension of the fire into the neighboring homes.
“The people were woken up by working smoke detectors and it just reinforces how critical having working smoke detectors and testing your smoke detectors is. They save lives and they saved these individuals’ lives by alerting them to the presence of a fire so they could escape,” Thompson says.
He says the resident, her child, and one dog were able to escape the fire but unfortunately one other animal did perish in the fire.
The fire department was assisted by the McDougal Fire Department with Lakeland power, Enbridge, West Parry Sound OPP, and Parry Sound District EMS on the scene as well.
Thompson says the cause is still being investigated adding there was extensive damage to the building making it not safe to be at this time.
He says the fire department was on scene till approximately 11 a.m. with the operation now wrapped up and roads open to traffic again in the area.
There were no injuries to anyone on the scene, Thompsons says, none of the firefighters or any of the other people who were assisting with the suppression of fire.