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Verona volunteer firefighter a victim of a fire in his own home

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A volunteer firefighter in South Frontenac Township was overcome by smoke, and passed out while dangling from a second-floor window of his home on Snider Road in Verona – Feb 25, 2019

A volunteer firefighter in South Frontenac Township, north of Kingston, became a victim when his house caught fire early Monday morning.

He was overcome by smoke and passed out while dangling from a second-floor window of his home in Verona, Ont.

South Frontenac firefighters were called to the scene on Snider Road, at about 2 a.m. Monday.

South Frontenac Fire Chief Darcy Knott said firefighters found one female occupant who escaped the flames from a second-floor window of the home with assistance from a neighbour using a ladder.

The neighbour and the female occupant were unable to lift the male victim from the window before emergency crews arrived.

“Between the two individuals on the scene and the firefighters that initially arrived, they noticed an individual hanging from a second-floor window”, said Knott. “So they put up a ladder and the firefighters were able to rescue that individual out of the second-floor window. [He] was unconscious at the time.”
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As it turns out, the male rescued and revived at the scene is a 30-year volunteer veteran with the South Frontenac Fire department. His name is not being released at this time.

His wife, who was not injured, was taken to hospital as a precaution and released. Her husband, on the other hand, is in far worse condition.

“He is in serious condition, but we’re hoping that everything is going to work out fine for him,” said Knott.

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Once the rescue of the injured volunteer firefighter was complete, firefighters focused on battling the flames that were contained to the main floor.

“We are continuing to investigate the cause and the origin of the fire. And we are working with the Fire Marshal’s office to find a reason why this happened,” said Knott.

Four fire stations assisted with this early morning house fire, with about 25 firefighters called to the scene.

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