Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Smoke kills couple who called in fire

  • Print

A house fire killed an elderly couple in the western Manitoba community of Rossburn early Saturday morning.

Shortly after 3 a.m., the Rossburn Fire Department and emergency services were called to battle a blaze inside a single-storey home in the community, located about 100 kilometres northwest of Brandon.

"When we got to the home, smoke was coming out of the doors and from the eaves a little bit," Rossburn fire Chief Kelly Slon said. "It was the lady that lived in the home that called it in, and we expected him and her to be standing outside when we got here -- but there was nobody."

Firefighters went inside and within minutes found Ed Collins, 70, the owner of the home, on the floor. Shortly after, Marie Allen, 72, was located lying in bed with the cordless phone still in her hand.

Slon believes the couple tried to fight the fire before the smoke overtook them.

"The kitchen sink tap was running full bore," Slon said, an indication they tried to put the fire out themselves.

"We don't understand why she phoned and didn't get out of the house," Slon said. "It just doesn't make sense. You can't replace lives, but you can replace homes."

The cause of the fire is believed to be an electric heater used in a small addition at the rear of the home, Slon said.

Damage is estimated at $150,000.

The home was not equipped with working fire alarms, Slon said.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 17, 2012 A8

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

O'Shea says the team is going to stick to the plan after first loss

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Ruth Bonneville Winnipeg Free Press January 18, 2011 Local Standup -
  • Bright sunflowers lift their heads toward the south east skies in a  large sunflower field on Hwy 206 and #1 Thursday Standup photo. July 31,  2012 (Ruth Bonneville/Winnipeg Free Press)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Which of Manitoba's new landlord-tenant rules are you looking forward to most?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google