A Wednesday afternoon house fire in Dunnville has left one person dead and another with minor injuries.
At about 2 p.m. Haldimand County Fire Services was called to the scene after an alert OPP officer patrolling on Pine Street near Broad Street West noticed smoke coming from a residence.
The officer quickly attended the residence and noticed an injured male outside, OPP said in a news release.
The man, who told the officer there were more people inside, was injured after he jumped from the second storey of the Pine Street home. The man suffered minor injuries, including a sprained ankle. He was taken to Haldimand War Memorial Hospital for treatment.
A woman was found on the second storey by firefighters.
The woman, who police have identified as 52-year-old Paula Coupe, was pronounced dead at hospital.
“The female was going up the stairs to warn the man about the fire,” acting fire Chief Roger Hill said.
Hill said an autopsy had not been completed, but he suspects she died of smoke inhalation.
Another two people were able to flee the house from the first floore. Hill said the two adults were unharmed.
The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal attended the scene to investigate the cause of the fire, along with Ontario Provincial Police.
Hill said although the OFM hasn’t finalized its investigation, he said the fire was likely caused by a cigarette.
The fire ignited on the front porch of the home and spread throughout. Hill said the fire is not deemed suspicious and there will not be any charges laid, as the fire has been deemed accidental.
The fire resulted in about $300,000 in damages.
About 60 firefighters were on scene….
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