Ontario Fire Marshal handling Cornwall Sixth Street apartment fire investigation

A Cornwall firefighter enters a soot-covered doorway at the rear unit of a four-plex at 27-29 Sixth Street West in Cornwall, Ont. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The Ontario Fire Marshal's office is investigating the fire. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – The Ontario Fire Marshal’s office is handling the investigation into an apartment fire earlier this week where a man was severely burned.

Acting Fire Chief Jeff Weber told Cornwall Newswatch Wednesday that officials with the OFM were on the scene after the Tuesday fire and for the day on Wednesday.

An OFM investigation is automatically triggered anytime someone is significantly injured in a fire.

As for details of the investigation, Weber says they may get some preliminary information or it could be some time before the OFM completes its report.

There is no available update on the man’s condition, who was last being treated for severe burns at the Cornwall Community Hospital after the fire in an apartment unit at the back of the four-plex at 27-29 Sixth Street West on Tuesday afternoon (June 16).

A person familiar with the situation told Cornwall Newswatch that the victim had tried to run back into his apartment to save his dog.

The dog and at least two cats perished in the fire.

The building was the scene of a fire in 2015 where a man was pulled from an apartment unit and later died at hospital. A neighbour says there have been at least four fires at the complex over a number of years.

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