Cause identified in St. Felix street fire

Nick Seebruch
Cause identified in St. Felix street fire
Polie and emergency services were still outside the home where the fatal fire occurred nearly 12 hours after the initial call (Nick Seebruch/ Seaway News).

CORNWALL, Ontario – The Ontario Fire Marshal, in-cooperation with the Cornwall Fire Service and the Cornwall Community Police have completed their investigation of an early morning fire that occurred on Boxing Day.

The preliminary results of the investigation indicate that the fire was caused by “the careless use of smoking materials.”

The Cornwall 9-11 dispatch services received a call about a fire at 319 St. Felix Street at 12:26 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 26.

When firefighters arrived on the scene the removed one male occupant from the building, but unfortunately, he was already deceased. The exact cause of death has not been released, nor was the man identified by Emergency Services as of yet.

Fire Chief Pierre Voisine wanted to emphasize the importance of working smoke detectors, especially for “high risk” smokers.

“The Fire Chief would like to re-emphasize the importance of helping those who may be high risk smokers by calling our hotline at 613-930-7408,” the statement from the Fire Chief reads. “All you need to do is leave the address of a smoker who would benefit from a visit from the Cornwall Fire Services to make sure that smoke alarms are in place and working, and that other safety precautions are taken.”

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