By Mary Fahey
Update: When this story was published, one of Marineau and Barrette’s dogs was still missing. Both dogs have now been found safe.
One woman has been taken to hospital for burn injuries after a house fire in Chelsea on the evening of Sept. 21. The once-two-story home at 23 Lorette Loop Rd. has been levelled by the blaze.
André Hamelin, chief of the Chelsea Fire Department, said the fire was well underway by the time he arrived.
“The flames were already going through the roof, about 80 per cent of the roof,” said Hamelin. “[The house] is all gone. We didn’t have any chance to fight to try to save the house. It was already gone.”
Brenda Lee Preseault lives across the street from the site of the fire. She said she was driving back from Ottawa with her daughter, Selina, around 4:30 p.m. when they saw the smoke. When they parked in their driveway, Preseault told her daughter to call 911.
When Preseault looked back across the road at the burning house, she saw the woman who lives there coming out from behind the house.