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Dave Rossiter, P.E.I.’s fire marshal
The fire originated on the exterior of the home where the electrical service entered the home in the area of a covered patio. The cause of this fire was a fault within the incoming electrical circuit.
There were working smoke alarms within the home, but because the fire originated outside, the alarm notification was delayed. The fire forced the hasty evacuation of a family of three through a main level window.
The fire marshal wants to stress the importance of having a planned escape route from your home. Rossiter also reminds Islanders that it is very important everyone in the household knows a second way out of every room, in case the primary route is blocked.