Residents escape, cat rescued, in Findlay Creek home

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Ottawa Fire Services

Julie Oliver / Postmedia

The occupants escaped safely and firefighters rescued their cat after a fire broke out at a home in Findlay Creek Thursday morning.

A 911 call summoned fire crews to 673 Netley Circle in the city’s south end, at 7:47 a.m. They found heavy smoke inside and confirmed a working fire on the second storey of the house.

Firefighters started a “rapid fire attack” while other crews searched the home and retrieved a pet belonging to residents, who’d followed the 911 dispatcher’s instructions to flee.

The flames were under control at 8:26 a.m. and further damage stopped at 8:33 a.m.

A fire investigator was dispatched to determine the cause of the fire and the extent of the damage.

“When the smoke alarm sounds, get out fast,” the fire department said in a public safety message. “You may only have seconds to escape safely.

“Smoke is toxic. If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your way out.

“If pets are trapped inside your home, tell firefighters right away. Do not return inside to retrieve them. Once out, stay out.”


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