Off-duty Dawson Creek firefighter rescues family in 89 Ave blaze

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Divine intervention is what Lynnette Fritshaw says about a Dawson Creek fire on 89 Avenue earlier in February.

Fritshaw, a firefighter by trade, was off duty when the blaze struck and she happened to leaving her house for a day of skiing.

“Right place, right time. Higher powers. Whatever the case, lives were changed forever that morning,” said Fritshaw.

“Ours included. We are beyond thankful for the outcome, and truly honoured to have been able to be there when needed.”

Fritshaw sprung into action as soon as she smoke billowing nearby, instantly recognizing it as a sign of a structure fire. Her husband Wade accompanied her to the burning home after they alerted the fire department.

The pair banged on the door to see who was home. A mother and her two young daughters answered the door. The family was unharmed.

“We didn’t know if anyone was home, and were just about to kick the door in when the light came on and faces appeared at the top of the stairs,” said Fritshaw.

Fritshaw helped the mother get winter gear on the kids, got them all outside, and removed the family’s vehicle from the burning home.

As they exited, the roof burst into flames, and a fire truck pulled up, says Fritshaw.

Firefighters were soon on scene using a pair of engines to put out the fire, as well as use of the ladder truck and rescue truck.

Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News