© Guardian photo by Steve Sharratt
Two preschool boys and their parents are among the tenants of an apartment building in Lower Montague who were forced from their home by fire early Sunday.
LOWER MONTAGUE — Two preschool boys and their parents are among the tenants of an apartment building in Lower Montague who were forced from their home by fire early Sunday.
The apartment building with four units was evacuated just before 3 a.m. Sunday when an electrical appliance in the kitchen of one apartment malfunctioned.
That apartment was gutted. Smoke and fire damaged the other three units, one of which was occupied by a couple and their two boys, aged 4 and 2 years old.
Montague and Cardigan fire departments put out the fire and Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Arsenault has ruled the fire as accidental.
The tenants all found places to stay with family and friends in the area while work and inspections are carried out on the building. The Red Cross is assisting the young family with food and clothing vouchers, but they are also staying with friends until they are allowed back home.
A news release from the provincial Fire Marshal's Office contains a reminder for Islanders to reinstall any smoke detectors if they are removed for any reason.
"Whether it is to replace the battery or to stop the alarm from sounding while cooking, it is of utmost importance that the detector is reinstalled immediately after the new battery is installed or the alarm has stopped ringing," states the FMO.