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Cat rescued, woman treated by paramedics following Gerrish Street apartment fire

Windsor firefighters had to break this glass door in order to gain entry to an upstairs apartment and extinguish a fire on the deck Aug. 21.
Windsor firefighters had to break this glass door in order to gain entry to an upstairs apartment and extinguish a fire on the deck Aug. 21. - Carole Morris-Underhill
WINDSOR, N.S. —

As Windsor firefighters concluded their regular training Wednesday night, they didn’t have time to rest as they were called out to an apartment fire in the downtown core.

Windsor’s deputy fire chief Ian Duey radios in a report after inspecting the damage.
Windsor’s deputy fire chief Ian Duey radios in a report after inspecting the damage.

Ian Duey, a deputy fire chief with Windsor, said the call came in at 8:32 p.m. Aug. 21.  About 25 firefighters responded. 

“We had just returned from training so we had a very good response,” said Duey, noting the fire was located on the back deck of an apartment, which was above a local law firm.

The firefighters had to break the glass door separating the upstairs apartment from the ground level businesses in order to gain entry.

“One tenant received medical attention and was released by EHS. The tenant was sleeping at the time and was awoken by neighbours,” said Duey.

The damage was contained to the back deck.

The deputy fire chief said Windsor firefighters also rescued the tenant’s cat.

One thing he’d like to stress to homeowners and apartment dwellers is the importance of installing visible civic numbers. 

Having “civic addresses properly posted would improve locating residences in a timely manner,” said Duey as the fire call wrapped up around 9:30 p.m. “Especially in the older downtown core, with a lot of cut up buildings and apartments above commercial, which is what we had here.”

Nova Scotia’s Emergency Management Organization recommends posting civic numbers outside homes and workplaces in order for emergency responders to find the location quickly. The organization suggests posting a sign so it’s clearly visible from the road and that it has enough light to be seen at night. Reflective signs are available.

Firefighters get hosed down in order to remove soot and glass shards as part of a decontamination process.
Firefighters get hosed down in order to remove soot and glass shards as part of a decontamination process.

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