Neighbor rescues 5 children from house fire in Mississauga, Ont.

An 18-year-old man is being praised by officials for helping several children escape a burning home in Mississauga on Saturday morning.

Around 10:45 a.m., firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire in a semi-detached house on Starfield Crescent in the area of ​​Winston Churchill Boulevard and Britannia Road.

Adam Attalla told CP24 that he first noticed a burning odor before his mother informed him that the neighbor’s house was on fire. He remembered seeing two girls on the roof and another girl still trapped inside.

“There was a lot of smoke. So the two girls came down and the little girl was still stuck. I told people. No one did anything. So I first tried to climb up the wall. It didn’t go well.

“Then a neighbor led me into her house and I jumped from her roof to the other roof and I opened the window and got the little girl out,” Attalla said.

Asked what pushed him to act, the 18-year-old said he could not just stand on his side and watch the girl die.

“It had to be done. Someone had to do it,” Attalla said. “I was just going up there. At least try.”

Attalla said he is not a hero and believes others would have gone up and done the same.

“I did what I was supposed to,” he said. “It was the right thing to do.”

District Fire Chief Craig Dockery said the house was fully involved, prompting them to go into a defensive attack.

He said crews faced high heat conditions that melted the visors on firefighters’ helmets.

Five children were inside the home at the time of the fire, and a neighbor helped the children escape before crews arrived, Dockeray said.

“They were able to open their window on the second floor, and you can see the little roof attached, and the 18-year-old neighbor down the road went on the roof and pulled a couple of the kids into the house next door.” he said.

“Being that kind of insane as an 18-year-old, being able to save five kids is amazing.”


Dockeray said the children ranged in age from 14 to an infant. According to Peel paramedics, the children’s injuries are not life-threatening.

An officer was taken to the hospital for minor injuries, likely to have inhaled smoke, Peel police said.

A cat was also inside the home and is now in safety and under animal control.

The fire has since been put down and has not spread to the house next door.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

Starfield Road at Windwood Drive is closed for investigation.


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