Ontario Firefighters Killed In Dollar Store Fire Collapse

LISTOWEL, Ont. - Two volunteer firefighters have died battling a blaze at a store in Listowel, Ont.

The firefighters were noticed to be missing as the Listowel Volunteer Fire Department battled a fire Thursday afternoon at a Dollar Store in the southwestern Ontario community.

Provincial police say a search of the building revealed that two firefighters had succumbed to injuries sustained while fighting the fire.

Police and Listowel's mayor identified the firefighters as 30-year-old Raymond Walter from Listowel and 56-year-old Kenneth Rea from Atwood

The Ontario Fire Marshal's office is investigating and a spokesman for the North Perth Fire Service said he could not comment on the incident.

Premier Dalton McGuinty released a statement Thursday night expressing condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the firefighters.

"I was saddened to learn today of the death of two volunteer firefighters in Listowel," McGuinty said.

"Our volunteer firefighters take time away from their families to keep us safe," McGuinty said. "We rely on their selflessness, and today's tragedy is a solemn reminder that we must never take their sacrifices for granted."

Police have closed down Main Street, Tremaine Avenue and Wallace Avenue and are asking people to stay clear of the area.

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sorry to hear of this tragedy. I am sure it will be investigated to determine why these 2 went unaccounted for. God rest your souls and condolences to the familes.
Brothers, sisters, and friends of the fire service. How often we forget that the "big one" we always hope we catch can be that last alarm. Rest peacefully brothers, we mourn your passing.
My heart goes out to the families of these men. We all know the risks of doing what we love, but I can't imagine leaving my family behind...God Bless their loved ones.
I hate these reminders, but it's what keeps my mind focused on scene safety. If the building has light duty truss roof...DON'T GO IN, by the time you get to the scene the metal has already been exposed to enough heat to fail. (5-10 min at 1000deg F)
Raymond and Kenneth gave the greatest sacrifice and they died with honor, rest in peace brothers.
our thoughts and prayers to the families and their department. rest in peace brothers
rest in peace brothers.
Just in case anybody here is interested here is a combined service to remember both Fallen Firefighters.

Service Information
When: Thursday March 24th 2011 2:00pm
Location: Listowel Memorial Arena
380 Maitland Ave. N.
Listowel, ON Canada
Individual services can be found here as well as directions:

The Visitation for the Fallen Fighters of the North Perth Fire Department and the Joint Funeral Service are as follows:

Deputy District Fire Chief Ken Rea



Fire Fighter Ray Walter

Condolences to their families and to the department. May they rest in peace.

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