Drew Power, 31, confirmed as victim in fatal house fire

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Charlottetown Police have confirmed the identity of a 31-year-old man who died during a house fire on December 16 in the city’s east end.

Drew Power was pronounced dead at the scene of a house fire at 343 Kent Street. The preliminary post-mortem examination results indicate that the 31-year-old died of smoke inhalation. 

The Kent Street fire was called in at 2:54 p.m. Sunday. Charlottetown Police Services and the Charlottetown Fire Department responded to the scene.

“Drew Power served with Charlottetown Police during his on-the-job training in 2011 and worked with us again as a police officer this past summer,” said Police Services Chief Paul Smith.

 “He was a well-known, well-liked individual in the community. This is a terrible tragedy. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.”.

An autopsy took place Monday morning at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown.

City fire chief Randy MacDonald said on arrival there was a heavy amount of smoke coming from the back of the house.

“The cause is still under investigation, however, the room of origin at this time appears to have been the kitchen,” MacDonald said during an interview with The Guardian. “Of course, throughout the course of the investigation that will be determined.”

“Drew Power served with Charlottetown Police during his on-the-job training in 2011 and worked with us again as a police officer this past summer,” Police Services Chief Paul Smith

The victim was brought out of the building by firefighters, who attempted to resuscitate him.

A group of friends wept while watching the events unfold outside of the building.

MacDonald said the blaze saw a lot of smoke and took some time before being extinguished.

“They were hitting hot spots and that sort of thing…. It does take some time to go through it, because it (the fire) gets into the wall cavities and roof areas,” said MacDonald.

There was considerable fire damage to the kitchen area and heavy smoke damage to the rest of the building, said MacDonald.

“There’s some water damage to the kitchen area as well,” he said.

The investigation into the fire was still in its preliminary stages, MacDonald said Sunday evening.

Fire officials were on the scene this morning continuing the investigation.

 

Organizations: Police Services, Charlottetown Fire Department, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Geographic location: Charlottetown, 343 Kent Street

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  • Matty Walsh
    December 19, 2012 - 12:20

    Everyone involved with the Blacks Harbour Silverking hockey team and the entire community of Blacks Harbour is heartbroken for your loss. Drew’s time in Blacks Harbour was an absolute joy to all both on and off this ice. Amazing leader and friend of Blacks Harbour. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Hoss
    December 18, 2012 - 20:24

    You've been a good friend for a long time. You will never be forgotten. Thoughts and prayers to your family old friend. We will all be together again.

  • Teammate
    December 18, 2012 - 10:58

    Played one season with Drew and he was the nicest, toughest, fairest guy on the team. I have the utmost respect for how he lived his life and carried out his business. Rest in Peace

  • Cindy Hooper
    December 18, 2012 - 09:14

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Power family. Drew was a very good buddy of our son, Jonathan Hooper "Hoop" who played hockey with Drew and the Abbies. My heart goes out to his family and friends. So very very sad. Sincerely Cindy & Neil Hooper Bishop's Falls Newfoundland

  • Charlene McInnis
    December 18, 2012 - 08:33

    I would like to send condolences and prayers to Drew's family, friends and comrades on the CP Force from our family.

  • e arrows point the way
    December 17, 2012 - 23:10

    Tragic....

  • Rodney Shea
    December 17, 2012 - 19:35

    Everything about Drew breathes RESPECT/HEART/LOYALTY,,100% PERFECTION.From the first time I met him,while he played for Abbies,,he was the extreme total package.Everyone of his friends/teamates/family I`m sure would agree,,in the words of the famous George Jones song"WHOS GONNA FILL HIS SHOES"quite impossible,never gonna happen.I`ll miss you Drew,your a Myth/a Legend!!!!!!!

  • Kerry
    December 17, 2012 - 18:08

    Drew was an amazing friend, teammate, & co-worker. He was always smiling and cared so much for people and especially his family and friends. He had a heart of gold and that showed in everything that he was a part of in life. I will miss you very much little cuz and sending hugs to you in heaven : ( R.I.P. Drew

  • Saddened
    December 17, 2012 - 15:13

    I'm very sad to hear this news. Drew was a great guy. This is a terrible thing to happen to both the Power and Thompson families. My sincere condolences to these 2 terrific families. He will truly be missed.

  • Crystal
    December 17, 2012 - 14:53

    Condolences to family and friends. Tragic loss.

    • Peggy
      December 17, 2012 - 16:11

      My heart goes out to all the Powers and Thompsons, and especially to Drew's Grandparents, Betty ( who is my sister) and Jim Power. Sorry I can't be there at this sad time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.