Fire marshal investigating blaze that sent one to hospital

Fire marshal investigating blaze that sent one to hospital
Fire marshal investigating blaze that sent one to hospital

Early-morning house fire on Matchedash Street caused about $300K in damage: chief

An early-morning fire sent an Orillia man to Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital on Saturday.

The Orillia Fire Department was called to 64 Matchedash St. S. at 2:29 am Fire Chief Michael Clark says the fire appeared to begin in the laundry room on the main level of the home.

“I think there were five occupants and four of them escaped on the road,” Clark said. “One was still in the house, so the firefighters had to search for him.”

Firefighters located the man, who was covered by a collapsed ceiling.

“They took him out to the back and he was still breathing a little bit. They gave him oxygen and transported him to the hospital,” Clark said.

He believes the man is in a coma.

The Office of the Fire Marshal will be on site Saturday to investigate the cause of the blaze. Clark estimates the damages to the home to be about $300,000.

“It could be lived in again,” he said, “but it needs a lot of work.”

The flames were difficult to extinguish in the single-family home, Clark says, noting the home was equipped with working smoke alarms.

“It went from the one room, spread to the next, and then it was kind of coming up into the walls,” he said. “We were having some challenges getting up into some of the rooms.”

 
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