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One person sent to hospital after kitchen fire

Posted on Monday December 04, 2017

The cause of an early morning apartment fire that sent one person to hospital is still under investigation by the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal and St. Catharines Fire and Emergency Services.

St. Catharines firefighters responded to reports of a kitchen fire in the main floor unit at 108 Lowell Ave. at 6:22 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3. Deputy Fire Chief Frank Biancucci said the fire was small but filled the unit with smoke. Firefighters extinguished the fire quickly, limiting damage to the apartment. The lone occupant escaped the fire but was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and taken to hospital.

The fire caused an estimated $15,000 in damage. The investigation into the fire determined the apartment’s smoke alarm was not working at the time of the fire. The Ontario Fire Code requires all homes to have working smoke alarms on every level and outside sleeping areas and also requires a working carbon monoxide alarm as applicable.

“We are urging residents to stay fire-safe over the holidays by ensuring their homes have working smoke alarms and working carbon monoxide alarms and by practising a home escape plan with two ways out of every room,” said Biancucci.

As part of St. Catharines Fire and Emergency Service’s Alarmed for Life awareness program, firefighters began going door-to-door on Dec. 2 to discuss fire safety, offer home safety checks and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms and will continue to do so the next two Saturday afternoons.

Residents who don’t receive a visit from firefighters but want to discuss smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, home fire safety or have other questions can call 905.688.5601 ext. 4224. More home fire safety tips are listed online at

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