Bruce Walker, who roused two seniors out of bed Sunday morning because their SUV was fully ablaze in their carport, is photographed at the Ottawa Athletic Club Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.
Credits: Darren Brown/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency
OTTAWA – A former Ottawa Rough Rider got two seniors out of their burning home Sunday morning.
Bruce Walker, an award-winning Rider wide receiver from 1979 to 1985, was heading to work at the Ottawa
Athletic Club around 8:30 a.m. when he thought he saw a lot of smoke coming from a home.
He stopped, turned around and saw there was an SUV in the carport which was already fully aflame.
"It was engulfed in flames," he said. "And the flames were pretty high."
Walker could also see the house was beginning to catch fire, so he ran to the front door and banged on it. When nobody responded, he opened the outer glass door and hammered harder on the inside one.
"I saw an older woman walking through the kitchen in her night coat and pyjamas," he said.
He managed to get her to open the door and told her that she needed to get out of the house and call 911. He asked if there was anyone else at home and was told the woman's husband was still asleep.
Walker got the man out of bed and both out into the driveway. He could see the woman was quite upset, so he took over speaking with the 911 operator..
Firefighters say the blaze extended to the carport and the attic space of the home and caused significant water damage from putting the fire out.
Damages are estimated around $175,000.