Two volunteer firefighters die battling blaze in Southwest Ontario, Canada

Dollar Store, Main Street West, Listowel, Ontario Canada


Two volunteer firefighters were killed in the line of duty in southwestern Ontario, Canada on Thursday while battling a commercial department-store fire in Listowel, Ont., which is 160 kilometres east of Toronto, Ontario

Perth OPP were called at 15:30 hours ET, to help the volunteer fire department deal with the structure fire. Published reports are indicating the fire had broken out in the roof of a Dollar Stop store, where roofers had previously been working.

A short time later, two firefighters were unaccounted for. Firefighters conducted a search of the building and found the two downed firefighters who had succumbed to injuries they suffered while fighting the fire.

No further details about the victims were available at the present time. The firefighters’ bodies were still in the building at 20:00 hours., ET, Thursday, and the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office had taken over the scene. Fire fighter Line of duty deaths is not common in Canada and having a fire in which there is a double LODD is even more unheard of.

Additional published reports indicated flames all along the west side and flames were shooting out of the roof, with a series of pops, like small explosions being reported.

Four fire stations – Atwood, Listowel, Monkton and Milverton – all responded to the blaze.

The firefighters were in the process of completing a primary search within the building when the roof collapsed, the QMI Agency has learned.

Two firefighters are dead following a blaze at a Dollar Store in Listowel, Ont., on Thursday, March, 17, 2011.

Emergency crews on the scene of a fatal fire in Listowel ON, March 17, 2011. Courtesy AM920 CKNX Listowel, Ont.,

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