© North River Fire Department
North River Fire Department's TACT 2 Tactical Response unit.
A Cornwall firefighter was taken to hospital Tuesday after trying to fight a fire in his own home.
The call came to North River fire department just before 11 a.m. Tuesday, reporting a fire on Arbour Lane in Elliot Park.
The department arrived to find thick smoke billowing from a rancher-style bungalow.
At the scene was the home owner, himself a member of the North River fire department.
"He had been working and just came home from a job and let the dog out to use the washroom and heard a smoke detector," said Fire Chief Kirby Wakelin.
The homeowner called a fellow firefighter, asking him to make the 911 call to the department, then went looking for the cause of the smoke alarm.
"When he opened the garage there was thick black smoke in there," said Wakelin. "He grabbed a fire extinguisher and tried to do what ever he could do."
In the process he reported having some smoke inhalation and was taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for observation.
His wife was at work and his children at school so the other home occupants are all safe, said Wakelin.
The fire has been turned over to the Fire Marshall's office to determine the cause.
There is a lot of smoke and water damage but the home is not destroyed, he said.