Fire that damaged St. Raphael home ruled accidental

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Laptop left on pile of clothes cause of the fire

Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Arsenault will be continuing his investigation today into cause and origin a house fire in St. Raphael Monday.

ST. RAPHAEL — Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Arsenault has ruled Monday's fire in St. Raphael as accidental.

The fire damaged a two-storey home on the St. Raphael Road near Wellington at about 3 p.m. No one was home at the time of the blaze, but a family of three has been forced to make alternative living arrangements.

The Red Cross has already started the process of helping the family with finding a place to stay and providing short-term supplies.

The fire originated in a downstairs bedroom and cause has been attributed to a laptop computer that was left sitting on a pile of clothing, which ignited due to the heat from the computer.

The Wellington fire department, joined by the Miscouche fire department, successfully employed a DSPA unit (dry sprinkler powder aerosol) during their suppression activities.

The Fire Marshal's Office would like to remind Islanders that electronic devices should not be placed on a surface where the heat from the unit cannot be properly dissipated. Always follow manufacturer instructions.

Organizations: Red Cross, Wellington Volunteer Fire Department, Miscouche Volunteer Fire Department

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