Mississauga fire: 18-year-old rescues children from burning house

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, Mississauga Fire and Emergency Manager Deryn Rizzi said.

She said a 15-year-old and an infant were on the ground floor and were able to evacuate. The other three children were trapped on the second floor.

Rizzi said two managed to get out on the roof while a seven-year-old was stuck inside a bedroom.

“An 18-year-old came down the road, went into the neighbor’s house. They opened the window on the second floor. The 18-year-old then walked along the roof and helped the seven-year-old get out.

“And then all three kids walked along the roof and into the neighbor’s home. It’s absolutely incredible.”


Rizzi said she plans to give Attalla an award for his bravery.

“This 18-year-old does not have the education, but showed the same care and compassion that our people do every single day. So we just want to say, what wonderful work and amazing things for this person in the future, I’m sure,” he said. she.

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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