UPDATE: Firefighters responding to Oshawa name shortly put out fires, assist puppies

The Oshawa Fire Department acted quickly to tackle a fire that caused severe damage to an apartment building on Monday afternoon, October 4.

No injuries were reported in the incident, which was reported just after 2 p.m. at an apartment building on Center Street North, and firefighters came to the aid of a puppy involved in the drama, assistant deputy chief Ken Whetham said.

“Our boys did a great job,” Whetham said, noting that the crews encountered visible flames and smoke upon arrival. “They had the fire under control within 15 minutes.”

When the fire brigade arrived, the residents of the house were already outside.

It is believed the origin was a mattress that caught fire, Whetham said. The fire caused an estimated $ 500,000 in damage, he said.

Whetham noted that fire fighters responding to residential incidents are often called in to rescue and help pets.

“It’s part of the job,” he said.

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