Sparklers caused Walton Street multiplex fire, says witness

Sparklers caused Walton Street multiplex fire, says witness

Cornwall firefighters use fans to air out a Walton Street apartment after a porch fire on Thursday

By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario – It was all fun and games as children played with sparklers in the backyard of an east-end apartment multiplex – until the back porch went up in flames.

The fire started at the Walton Street apartment (between Danis Avenue and Lefebvre Avenue) around 6:55 p.m.

According to Amanda Summers, the smell of smoke billowing throughout the unit she was visiting was so thick the group inside was forced to make a quick exit.

“They were playing with sparklers and one of them forgot it was still lit and some clothes caught on fire,” said Summers, 28.

Her fiancé Frederick Sherman first tried to stomp it out and then threw pots of water on the flames to no avail. The 30-year-old man was treated by EMS for smoke inhalation. His face was a pale shade of black from smoke. Summers was concerned since Sherman has “bad asthma.”

“He’s the one that pretty much put the fire out,” she said.

In total, 10 firefighters and four trucks were at the scene until 8:15 p.m.

Summers said she didn’t know the extent of the damage to the building.


CORNWALL, Ontario – Cornwall firefighters were kept busy with yet another fire Thursday night.

This time a townhouse on Lourdes Avenue was the site of a blaze at around 11:30 p.m.

A 911 call alerted firefighters to smock billowing from the back deck of the residence.

The department responded with five vehicles and 14 fire personnel were at the scene.

The fire was quickly extinguished with no injuries or loss of life.  The incident is ongoing with a crew still on scene monitoring the situation.

The Fire Prevention unit will be dispatched to investigate the cause of the fire at a later date.

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