On Oct. 8, 2020 at approximately 3:30 a.m., an officer was alerted by a driver of a vehicle in the area of 51st Street in Vermilion of a fire at the back of a townhouse. The driver stated he was attempting to call 911.
The officer rushed to the front entrance of the unit and woke up the family of four who were sleeping and proceeded with evacuation efforts before fire services arrived. Four adjacent townhouses and occupants were also evacuated. No one was injured.
The fire was extinguished by Vermilion Fire services and deemed to be started by an electrical source failure outside the complex.
"The quick action of our officer saved lives on this early morning," says Corporal Mike Dunsmore, Vermilion RCMP. "We are thankful no one was injured as the fire could have reached the roof and affected other units in the complex."