The recent deaths of four people in the Thunder Bay area due to house fires has prompted the local fire chief to speak out.
The first death occurred on October 15 in a fire at a townhouse on Trillium Way, the second and third death resulted from a mobile home fire on October 28 on Taylor Drive, and the most recent fire death occurred in a house fire on November 3 on Walkover St.
The four recent fire deaths are the first since 2012 for the City of Thunder Bay.
John Hay stresses to not have a working smoke alarm in your home is utterly irresponsible, and there’s no excuse to have one.
“Thunder Bay Fire Rescue has an abundance of public education programs that stress the importance of working smoke alarms, and we also have the SAFE program that assists homeowners with the acquisition or installation of new smoke alarms.”
Our city has experienced seven fire deaths in the last ten years. Over that same period, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue has responded to approximately 1400 structural fires.
Hay says “early fire detection is a person’s only chance to escape a house fire safely. That early detection can only come from working smoke alarms.”