TRURO – A second fire in less than 24 hours sent Truro firefighters back to a Lyman Street apartment Thursday night.
© Sherry Martell - Truro Daily News
The Truro Police Service is commending the actions of one of its own - Const. Robert Hunka. Hunka responded to a 911 call at an apartment on Lyman Street early Thursday morning and rushed into a building full of smoke to save an elderly woman.
The Truro Fire Service confirmed with the Truro Daily News on Friday morning that about a dozen firefighters were called to 72 Lyman St. shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday.
“It was a cooking pot on the stove that caught fire … it was actually small and a neighbour put it out (by the time) we arrived,” said fire Chief Blois Currie.
“There was some smoke and we ventilated (the apartment)” and firefighters were on scene for about an hour.
Currie told this paper the fire was in the same apartment as the previous night when a call came in at 1:43 a.m. Thursday. He said that fire was believed to have been from a burnt “mat or oven mitt or dish cloth on the floor.”
A police officer, Robert Hunka, entered the smoke-filled building to rescue an elderly woman during the first fire call. She was treated by paramedics before being transported to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre and later released.
“We do have a concern … two fires in a row. We need to look into it,” said Currie.
Truro Police Service’s Chief Dave McNeil said police were called to the scene Thursday night.
“We arrested a woman (the resident) for public intoxication,” said McNeil.