Rideau Lakes Township – “It was brutal. There was water everywhere obviously from the fire department yeah but the flames and the smoke went right up the back of the house.”
This is what Carla Rose woke up, her neighbours home completely engulfed in flames.
“I had to come out and take a look and my neighbours house was on fire. There was nothing left.” explained the neighbour.
The fire was called in by an off duty OPP officer who was driving along County Road 8, heading home from a night shift at the East Region Communications Centre in Smiths Falls. Seeing the flames the OPP Sergeant kicked in the front door and went inside the burning home to see if anyone was trapped inside.
“She just bounces into action. She didn’t even think twice about her own safety, she just thought about those around her. Those in need.” Constable Sandra Barr, OPP
The family had already escaped the flames and were waiting for fire crews to arrive.
It’s hard to say what sparked the blaze as the Rideau Lakes Fire department isn’t releasing any details. The Rideau Lakes Fire Chief he continues to decline our requests for an interview or information about the fire.
The details we do have were gleaned from the OPP and a fire dispatcher in Brockville.
The call came in at around 6 o’clock and multiple fire crews and tankers arrived on scene shortly after. But it was already too late. The structure was so badly damaged it had to be torn down.
The house is a complete loss.
Meantime it’s possible the officer who put her own life on the line will receive a bravery commendation for her heroic actions.