Rosthern RCMP Save Lives

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In a follow up to last week’s report by this reporter on the fire that destroyed the Rosthern Hospitality Motel, rumours began circulating almost immediately regarding how the fire started. Comments on pictures posted on Facebook of the fire shared by Rosthern residents, claimed an individual tried to enter a group home near the fire site at about 1:30 am right about the time the fire at the motel was discovered. Reportedly the worker on duty at the group home called 911, but officers were said to have failed to respond for which commenters criticized them. As it turns out the RCMP officers on duty were a bit busy.

From the RCMP Saskatchewan page the following information was shared:

On April 14, shortly after 1:30 a.m., the officers were attending a call for service at the motel when they were alerted to a fire. They immediately activated the police vehicle's siren to alert anyone remaining inside. One of the officers rushed into the motel, checking each room for occupants.

"It was a chaotic situation," explains Sgt. Jacqueline Spence, Commander of the Rosthern Detachment. "Members were able to navigate through smoke, flames and the possibility of the building caving in."

The officer was alerted that someone was still inside a room. He quickly entered it, found the individual and assisted them in escaping safely. Flames were climbing up and over the room's door and melting the ceiling as they escaped, Sgt. Spence says.

Though the fire resulted in the total loss of the motel, no one was critically injured.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is still ongoing, however RCMP Media relations was able to confirm that one person has been arrested. Once the investigation is completed RCMP will release details of any charges laid as a result. I think it is safe to say that the officers were indeed where they needed to be that night. Sgt. Spence also had this to say of her members, “I think that their brave and heroic actions and their quick response enabled them to save lives. They’re not looking for recognition – they’re just happy everyone was safe – but their work is commendable.” It is often easiest to assume the worst of people, but this is a prime example of there being two sides to every story. Hats off to these members of the Rosthern RCMP!

Carol Baldwin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Wakaw Recorder