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Comox Valley Mountie rushes into burning house to rescue woman

May 18 2012

A Comox Valley Mountie likely saved a woman’s life by running into a burning house to pull her out early Thursday morning. Now arson investigators are trying to determine whether the fire was deliberately set.

Const. Tammy Douglas was making patrols in the Mission Hill area of Courtenay around 3 a.m. when she saw smoke billowing from a home near the North Island Highway and Veterans Memorial Parkway.

She called 911 and rushed to the home on Topland Road to find the front porch fully engulfed. Douglas found three people outside the home but a young boy was yelling that his “Auntie” was still inside. Douglas dashed into the smoke-filled home and found a woman in the back part of the house. She escorted the woman safely outside.

All residents and the two family dogs escaped with only minor injuries related to smoke inhalation. Douglas was also treated for smoke inhalation.

Douglas’s brave actions were praised by Chief Supt. Randy Wilson, in charge of RCMP on Vancouver Island.

“Const. Douglas exemplifies the dedication and commitment to duty that so many of my officers hold. I take great pride in knowing that Tammy’s selfless actions ensured that nobody was seriously injured or killed in this fire,” he said in a statement. “The communities in the Comox Valley are well served by Tammy and her colleagues, who do not hesitate to put themselves in harm’s way for the safety and well-being of their citizens.”

An arson investigator from Comox Valley RCMP and inspectors from the Courtenay fire department were on scene Thursday trying to determine the cause of the fire. Police have not yet said if they consider the fire suspicious.

Anyone with information is asked to call Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).